All the Armed Forces Day action on Forces TV and BFBS radio

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Forces TV and BFBS Radio will celebrate the UK’s servicemen and women on Saturday with a special day of live broadcasts for Armed Forces Day.

The channels will offer unrivalled coverage of the National Event in Cleethorpes as it stages a variety of shows, including a beach assault exercise and a Red Arrows air display.

Huge crowds are expected in the Lincolnshire town to watch parachute display teams, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the White Helmets motorbike stunt team and a military parade through the streets.

A full day of events is planned to pay tribute those serving in the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army as well as veterans, cadets, reservists and military families.

Forces TV will begin its live coverage at 12.30pm with highlights programmes at 5pm and 7pm.

Presenter Tim Cooper and two reporters will soak up all the colour of the day, broadcasting from a central location on the parade route as well as from a second live position at the boating lake, where BFBS Radio will be based.

The six-strong Radio team will begin their live coverage into the Saturday breakfast show and continue until 6pm. They will also preview the big day with some special live reports between 4pm and 7pm on Friday evening.

Members of the public can go along to the BFBS radio truck and record a message for anyone serving around the Forces world.

This is the 8th annual Armed Forces Day. The first was staged in Chatham, Kent, and last year’s was held in Guildford, Surrey. The event was originally created as Veterans Day in 2006 before it was re-named.

In addition to the National Event in Cleethorpes, there are celebrations planned in towns and cities across the country featuring live music, assault courses, barbeques and bake sales.

The celebrations on June 25 will also mark the end of a week of special programmes and features building up to Armed Forces Day on both Forces TV and BFBS Radio.

SSVC Chief Executive Simon Bucks said: “Armed Forces Day is a very significant moment in the calendar.

“It brings the nation together in tribute to the jobs done by our servicemen and women around the world and we’re proud to offer unrivalled coverage from Cleethorpes on TV, Radio and Online.”