Last weekend Lancaster Castle played host to a number of
activities in celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28thJune. Organised by the Lancaster Military Heritage Group, the day saw
events taking place throughout the city, with much of the focus set against the
stunning backdrop of Lancaster Castle.
Activities included cadet displays, historic vehicles and
equipment, living histories, talks and a high society jazz band.
Almost 1,000 people visited the castle, raising £903 for
chosen charities, Combat Stress, the veteran mental health charity; and the
Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association (SSAFA) providing lifelong support
for our forces and their families.
On Monday, Brian Jefferson, Treasurer of the Lancaster
Military Heritage Group, met with Duchy of Lancaster Chief Finance Officer,
Chris Adcock and Castle Events Manager Francesca Lewis, to receive the
Mr Jefferson expressed his delight following the event:
“As the first major event planned for Armed Forces Day we
were delighted that so many partners joined the project and provided such a
varied programme in the Castle. Full accounting is not yet complete but the
event will have raised over £4,000 for Combat Stress and the Soldiers, Sailors
and Air Force Association. Both organisations carry out important work
supporting veterans and their families after release from the Services and
following the traumas of Operational tours of duty.”