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Armed Forces Day celebrations to take place amid Sea Bangor Festival

Bangor will host Armed Forces Day celebrations alongside its maritime Sea Bangor Festival this weekend.

From Saturday, 24 June - Sunday, 25 June visitors to the town will be able to enjoy a programme of military activity that wouldn’t normally be seen by the public, along with musical performances, cookery demonstrations, food stalls and street theatre.

Highlights include Jetlev demonstrations; a spitfire display; The Sea Science Hub where children and adults alike can explore the scientific wonders of the maritime and wider world; The Shanty Shack music tent with a mix of performers playing everything from Bluegrass to rock and roll; and the ever popular Sea Bangor rowing challenge.

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Jetlev Flyer demonstration at the Sea Bangor Festival, 27th June 2015.

Specialised military vehicles will also be on display alongside other military regalia and visiting Sister Tall Ships Lady Avenel and La Malouine will sit on Eisenhower Pier alongside a naval P2000.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Robert Adair, said he is looking forward to welcoming day trippers and tourists to the borough. 

He added: “Sea Bangor attracts thousands of visitors from across Northern Ireland and beyond every year and Ards and North Down Borough Council is delighted to be hosting Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day as part of this year’s event. 

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Sea Bangor Festival runs this weekend.

"It is fitting given the area’s close affinity with the Armed Forces and its rich military history through the likes of Colonel Paddy Blair Mayne and Major General Rollo Gillespie of Comber who fought in India.”

The event will officially commence at 10.50 am on Saturday 24 June with the official regional Armed Forces Day military parade through Bangor town centre, incorporating a special Drumhead Service and Flag Raising.

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