From the Jam will provide the big finish to this spectacular free event as one of the headlining acts of National Armed Forces Day
Guildford will be the focus for the whole country on Saturday 27 June as we help local people and the wider community thank everyone working in our Armed Forces – the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.
Featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings, From The Jam have a reputation for delivering the explosive live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam, who became one of the greatest and biggest selling bands in British history.
Visitors to the free Stoke Park show on Armed Forces Day can expect to hear classic The Jam hits such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground and Town Called Malice, as well as some live favourites and songs from Bruce’s solo career.
Bruce Foxton says: “We are very proud to support Armed Forces Day and play our part in saying thank you to our servicemen and women and their families. It is a great opportunity to give something back to them. The location and atmosphere will be a perfect backdrop for playing our set and showing the crowds a good time.”
Bruce and Russell recently spent an exciting day on HMS Daring to get an insight into the Royal Navy, one of the three services involved in Armed Forces Day, and meet some of the crew.
A Royal Navy spokesperson says: “HMS Daring was delighted to welcome on board From The Jam to publicise this year’s Armed Forces Day. The event seems to grow in stature every year as a way of honouring and celebrating the UK’s armed forces past and present and HMS Daring was proud to play a small part.”
Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, says: “It’s going to be a fantastic day for all the family as we thank our Armed Forces on 27 June. Guildford will welcome thousands of visitors and local people to join in the fun and enjoy the many live action displays such as the Red Arrows flypast. From the Jam’s set will be a great way to finish the live entertainment and I hope you will join us and our special guests for a very memorable day!”
Free parade, displays, entertainment and live action
No tickets are required to watch the parade or enter the free Stoke Park show.
On Saturday 27 June, the Armed Forces Day military parade will begin at 11.30am from the bottom of the High Street to Stoke Park, with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel, veterans and cadets taking part.
From 10.30am food and drink stalls and static displays will be open in Stoke Park, followed by the live action show at 1pm, with free access to the park throughout the day.
Guildford Borough Council and partners are planning an exciting line-up of family focused activities for about 60,000 people. The live military displays will feature:
- Red Arrows flypast
- Household Cavalry Regiment’s musical ride
- Royal Navy’s Swordfish bi-plane flypast
- Band of the Royal Marines
- Royal Air Force Falcons
- Royal Signals ‘White Helmets’ motorbike display team
- Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force
- Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast
- Royal Army Physical Training Corps gymnastic display
- 3rd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Infantry display
- Royal Navy’s sole official parachute display team the ‘Raiders’.
Live music and entertainment on the Guildford Fringe Stage and Arena Stage at Stoke Park will include:
- Military bands
- Charlotte Jaconelli from Britain’s Got Talent
- West End Kids
- Rock Choir
- Patriot Girls
- Tenor opera singer Thomas Hobbs
- Guildford College Performing Arts
- Aldershot Military Wives Choir
- Remix Voices
- Samuel Haughton
- Bollywood dancing
- Performance Preparation Academy (PPA)
- Local folk singer Majella Yorston.
Entertainment will continue until 7.30pm when the event closes.
More acts and detailed information will be announced as we get nearer the time.
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