Armed Forces Day is set to be marked this Saturday (June 24) with events in Stevenage and Letchworth.

The day is an opportunity to show your appreciation and support for the people in our armed forces, and to explore the option of a military career.

You'll be able to find out first-hand about the types of roles available, with cadets, officers and veterans talking about their experiences of serving.

Both the Stevenage and Letchworth events will run from 10am until 4pm in the town square and Broadway Gardens respectively. Free parking will be available at St George's multi-storey car park in Stevenage.

A number of organisations will be in Stevenage including the Royal Naval Association, the Royal British Legion (RBL), the Air Scouts, Kaotic Angels, and the Freeconomy foodbank.

There will also be an opportunity for kids to have free face painting, street foods for all to enjoy, and a packed performance schedule including Alex Shows, D-Day Dollies, and a marching band.

Emergency vehicles and a Second World War tank will be on display in Stevenage, with military vehicles, RBL Riders and classic cars a feature in Letchworth too.

Anybody attending the Letchworth festival can also look forward to hearing Hitchin Brass Band and seeing a live flypast from a vintage plane while they take advantage of the various food offerings and a funfair.

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Ahead of the weekend the Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Myla Arceno, said: “Events such as Armed Forces Day offer us the chance to bring our whole community together to thank and support all those men and women in the Armed Forces.

"They have dedicated their time for many different reasons and carry out their job promoting world peace, delivering aid and providing security to name but a few.

“Keep a look out for the packed event schedule that’s planned throughout the year.  Your support at these events is key to their success and it’s a great opportunity to meet friends and family for a fun day out.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the volunteers help to plan and organise these events without the likes of them events such as this would not be able to happen. Please don’t forget to share your photos with us @lovestevenagetc.”

The schedule for the Stevenage event is as follows:

10am: Marching band process from Tesco to the town square

10.15am-10.45am: Alex Shows

11am-midday: D-Day Dollies

Midday-12.30pm: Alex Shows

1pm-2pm: D-Day Dollies

2.15pm-2.45pm: Alex Shows

3pm: D-Day Dollies