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18 April 2019

BBC Wiltshire Live Music Stage announced as part of this summer's Armed Forces Day National Event three-day spectacular in Salisbury

What BBC Wiltshire has planned over the three days will certainly help draw in the crowds. This is an extremely important date in the military calendar, so I'm pleased one of the plans from the team at the BBC will be to create a lasting legacy

Baroness Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council

BBC Wiltshire was today (18 April 2019) announced as a key media partner for the celebration of the Armed Forces which will bring thousands to Salisbury on the last weekend of June (28 to 30).

The local radio station will create the BBC Wiltshire Village, which will have local acts on stage between 3pm and 6.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be the interactive BBC bus on which people can have a go at being a presenter.

In addition, the Listening Project vehicle, which is a partnership between BBC Wiltshire, BBC Radio 4 and the British Library, will be capturing conversations as part of a legacy project. More details on this, and other exciting developments from BBC Wiltshire will be promoted nearer the time, and it promises to be a real draw on the day.

Baroness Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: "I am delighted BBC Wiltshire are investing time and resource into what will be an amazing weekend it demonstrates how important a role the military plays in our county. What BBC Wiltshire has planned over the three days will certainly help draw in the crowds. This is an extremely important date in the military calendar, so I'm pleased one of the plans from the team at the BBC will be to create a lasting legacy. As such a proud military county, Wiltshire is looking forward to recognising and celebrating our Armed Forces and the vital role they perform in protecting us and our country."

Mary Sanders, editor at BBC Wiltshire said: "We're delighted to be involved in this year's Armed Forces Day events in Salisbury. Serving military personnel and their families are such an important part of our local community, and this 3 day spectacular gives us a chance to really celebrate that. There will be a range of exciting things to try out in the BBC Wiltshire Village and we're looking forward to people enjoying some brilliant local music talent on the BBC Wiltshire live stage as well."

There is a packed programme over the three days with Friday focusing on saying thank you to serving military personnel with a free barbecue for them and their families followed by a concert that is open to everyone.

On Saturday morning the military will parade through the streets of the city centre, a spectacle that is expected to be watched by thousands of people. The line-up at Hudson's Field on Saturday includes an air show, military demonstrations, live entertainment culminating with a free to attend live entertainment and fireworks.

Sunday focuses on veterans and young people those who have served and those who may serve with a commemoration and drumhead service, supported by the Royal British Legion, with the Bishop of Salisbury and padres leading the service. There will also be the opportunity to help the event attempt to break a record by creating the world's largest human poppy in the main arena.

Local bands and acts Duck n Cuvver, The Treblemakers and Salisbury Rock Choir will each perform on the main stage on one of the three days at Hudson's Field after winning a Facebook competition.

The platinum sponsors are KBR Aspire Defence and Lovell. SSAFA, the armed forces charity, has been announced as the official main charity sponsor and the Royal British Legion is a charity partner. General Dynamics, Landmarc, MiPermit and Nationwide Engineering are also supporting the event as gold sponsors.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. Armed Forces Day nationally takes place on the last Saturday in June, this year it is on 29 June with the national event being held in Salisbury. Celebrations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and landmarks across the country. Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for troops and their families.

For more information about Armed Forces Day National Event 2019 visit our website or follow us @SalisburyAFD on social media #SalisburyAFD.

Last updated: 18 April 2019 | Last reviewed: 18 April 2019

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