Spe­cial in­vi­ta­tion to Armed Forces Day

Free ticket give­away to mil­i­tary fam­i­lies for event at Bletch­ley Park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Bletch­ley Park – where the event will be hosted – has thrown its weight be­hind the plans and has agreed to give away the tick­ets to ser­vice­men and women and their fam­i­lies for a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of our Armed Forces fam­ily.

The first ticket went to World War II Vet­eran Arnold Har­g­reaves, 98, the sole sur­viv­ing crew mem­ber of an HMS Bull­dog board­ing party that in 1941 cap­tured a Nazi U-boat com­plete with Enigma code ma­chine, six months worth of codes, and charts show­ing the po­si­tions of U-boats, mine­fields and swept chan­nels in the At­lantic.

Bucks County Coun­cil chair­man Bill Chap­ple OBE and Lord Lieu­tenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher were at the launch of ticket sales on Wednesday, May 4 and urged Buck­ing­hamshire’s Armed Forces fam­ily not to miss the op­por­tu­nity to tour the his­toric cen­tre.

He said: “Buck­ing­hamshire is rich with Armed Forces her­itage. Both Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil and Mil­ton Keynes Coun­cil have signed an armed forces covenant that aims to recog­nise, re­mem­ber, in­te­grate and sup­port our armed forces com­mu­nity. Armed Forces Day is a vi­tal el­e­ment of the covenant.”

Ac­tiv­ity on Satur­day June 25 and Sun­day June 26 in­cludes a mil­i­tary band on the Satur­day, and 1940s swing mu­sic from The Bevin Boys on the Sun­day.

There will be lawn croquet and face paint­ing for chil­dren on the Sun­day and mil­i­tary stall hold­ers will be present on both days.

Mr Chap­ple said: “We’re justly proud of our Armed Forces, who make sac­ri­fices and en­dure hard­ships to keep us safe.

“I hope that mem­bers of the Armed Forces fam­ily as well as the gen­eral pub­lic will thor­oughly en­joy the week­end.”

Bletch­ley Park CEO Iain Standen said: “As a place at the heart of World War II his­tory we are de­lighted to sup­port Armed Forces Day by giv­ing mem­bers of the Armed Forces com­mu­nity y the op­por­tu­nity to visit it Bletch­ley Park for free.

“We hope to see as many y mil­i­tary fam­i­lies as s pos­si­ble over the week­end, and that other fam­i­lies will also en­joy join­ing in the ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The free tick­ets to Bletch­ley Park are lim­ited to the Armed Forces fam­ily in the county and must be pre- booked at www.buckscc.c. gov.uk/armed­forces­day y while gen­eral tick­ets cann be bought at www. w. bletch­ley­park.org.uk/

RAF Hal­ton and High Wy­combe per­son­nel with Bill Chap­ple, Sir Henry, Iain Standen, High Sher­iff Milly Soames and Mil­ton Keynes Mayor Keith McLean

Scenes from the 2015 Armed Forces Day in Ayles­bury

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