South Ayrshire to celebrate armed forces day

South Ayrshire gets ready to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June 2012 and it promises to be a spectacular event, with a range of armoured vehicles, military equipment and a naval helicopter on display at Low Green, Ayr.

The Council has already raised a commemorative flag at Place St Germain-en-Laye to show their support for Armed Forces personnel past and present and Provost Helen Moonie is hosting a Civic Reception for military personnel, before the fun day opens at 12.30pm with a flag raising ceremony.

Provost Helen Moonie said: “South Ayrshire enjoys a long and strong association with the Armed Forces and the day will give us a wonderful chance to come together, joining the nation to show our support for the men and women who are our service personnel.

“Last year’s Big Day at the Beach was a fantastic day of fun for everyone and it was great to see so many families out enjoying themselves while helping raise funds for some very worthy forces charities.”

In addition to military displays, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Services, Strathclyde Police, HM Coastguard and the Army Cadet Force will stand beside veterans’ charities such as Combat Stress, SSAFA, Gardening Leave and Help for Heroes.

A host of other organisations and clubs offering stalls, taster sessions, competitions, information and much more will also be present, making it an irresistible day for residents and visitors alike.

Provost Moonie concluded: “This year, we’re more determined than ever to champion our Armed Forces and I’d like to see a huge turnout, supporting them in another exciting day of events, activities and fun!”