Special invitation to Armed Forces Day
Free ticket giveaway to military families for event at Bletchley Park
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