This will be the Red Arrows’ first appearance in Northern Ireland in this special Platinum Jubilee year.
The daredevil pilots will fly over the town of County Down at noon this Saturday in their distinctive fast Hawk jets and showcase their jaw-dropping stunts with the nine-diamond formation and colorful vapor trails. They can be seen from the town center as well as from the Banbridge Rugby Club grounds.
The action-packed program will also feature two rousing sets from the famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers, heart-pounding aerial action from the RLC Silver Stars skydiving team, music from the Jack Devlin Band and The Soda Popz 50s/60s backed by Ballroom Blitz NI.
Former Mayor of Armagh Banbridge Craigavon and Council Veterans Champion, Alderman Glenn Barr, said: ‘It has been a pleasure to work with the officers of Council, the Ministry of Defense and the Association of reserve forces and cadets of Northern Ireland to organize this flagship event in the borough. “Banbridge is looking forward to hosting Armed Forces Day and welcoming thousands of people to our town.”
Having long advocated for this landmark event to be held in Banbridge, he added: “I presented a notice of motion in 2018 for our borough to host Armed Forces Day; Our borough has a proud history of supporting the efforts of the Armed Forces. We admire all they do to defend our nation and appreciate all the sacrifices they make while serving their country with great distinction. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations one of the biggest and best yet, with a top-class entertainment program that’s guaranteed to attract a large number of people. in the borough. So join us for a fantastic day of free family fun.
There will be many other activities on the ground for families: military displays and exhibits; vintage military aircraft and vehicles; mountain and garden games; a rugby sevens competition; archery; armchairs; climbing towers; mini obstacle course; swings; face make-up and walking characters.
The day begins with a Drumhead service at the Banbridge War Memorial, Newry Street at 10.30am, followed by a parade of 500 servicemen, veterans and cadets and accompanying bands who will make their way to the Banbridge Rugby Club – the venue for the military spectacular and musical.
The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment accompanied by the bugles, drums and bagpipes of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish will bring the event to a spectacular close.
UTV presenter Paul Clark will be in attendance and BFBS will broadcast live from Banbridge Rugby Club.
The free car parks, located near the city center, will open at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.