Everything you need to know about Leeds Armed Forces Day 2023

Celebrations will span the length of Briggate.

Hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, the city will come together to celebrate our incredible service men and women this weekend.

This Sunday 25 June 2023 marks Leeds Armed Forces day and anyone is welcome to join the celebration and show their thanks.

Hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Al Garthwaite, the triumphant event will take place on Briggate between 11am-4pm and will feature a range of family-friendly activities for everyone to get involved in.

Visitors can expect lots of traditional pageantry including the West Yorkshire Police Band leading a parade from Albion Street to Briggate of armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets.

Leeds Armed Forces Day.
Image: Leeds Armed Forces Day

There will also be a whole host of musical events, including live performances from the City of Leeds Pipe Band, the Dishforth Military Wives Choir, the 1940s-themed Daisy Belles and the rock covers band, Rocky Road.

Spanning the length of Briggate there will be stalls and marquees with activities, displays and workshops.

There will also be street performers, military vehicles, face painters and balloon modellers to commemorate the special day.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Al Garthwaite, said: “Armed Forces Day is an excellent opportunity for the whole family to have fun while also recognising and saying thank you to service personnel and their families, both past and present.

Leeds Armed Forces Day photo outside Leeds Town Hall area.
Image: Leeds Armed Forces Day

“We are extremely proud of our long and distinguished military history as a city. Therefore, I’m humbled to host a celebration honouring our armed forces’ dedication, professionalism, and incredible work, and to take the salute with His Majesty’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Ed Anderson.

“I would also like to offer a big thank you to everyone taking part and who has contributed to the organisation of what has rightly become one of our city’s most popular events in the civic calendar.”

For more information, take a look at the Leeds Armed Forces Day website.

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