Plymouth Armed Forces Day Flag Handover 2012Businesses on the Barbican are planning to show their support for Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day National Event by hosting an evening of entertainment and celebrations on Saturday 30 June.

Local businesses are teaming up with Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and Plymouth City Council to pull out all the stops and put on an evening of family friendly fun following the Armed Forces Day activity on the Hoe.

Street entertainers including jugglers and unicyclists will begin the entertainment on the Barbican from 5pm and Heart FM will kick off the music at 5.30pm, before the main Armed Forces Day event on the Hoe finishes at 6pm with a parade led by the Plymouth Pipe Band down through Southside Street and into The Parade.

On the live music stage local acoustic acts will be performing from 6pm to 6.45pm, followed by the headline act Freshly Squeezed, a soul funk band who are sure to have everyone dancing in the street from 7pm.

Resident members of the forces in Plymouth as well as visiting military personnel will be given an extra-warm welcome with lots of discounts being offered by Barbican businesses.

Plymouth Waterfront Manager Sarah O’Leary said: “Armed Forces Day is a brilliant opportunity to show our support for Britain’s armed forces as well as showcasing the Waterfront as a vibrant and exciting venue for community events. Working with the local businesses, we’ve put together a great schedule of live music and entertainment for local people, visitors to Plymouth and members of the forces and their families to enjoy after the day of celebrations on the Hoe, which I hope everyone will enjoy.”

The Armed Forces Day National Event, organised by Plymouth City Council and sponsored by Babcock International, is a celebration of our armed forces, both serving and veterans, with activity starting on the Hoe at 9.30am on Saturday 30 June.

The day’s entertainment will include military displays on land, sea and in the air, including an appearance by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the spectacular Red Arrows, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the city. The entertainment will continue into the evening with the live music and street entertainment on the Barbican.

Basket Ope and The Parade will be closed to traffic from 12pm until 10pm to enable the safe installation and breakdown of the performance stage; Southside Street will be closed to traffic between 6pm and 7pm whilst the Plymouth Pipe Band proceeds to The Parade from The Hoe.

Source: Plymouth City Council