Uniformed services fun day – 19th June 2022

A family fun day will be staged at Towneley Park, Burnley, to mark the start of national Armed Forces Week and recognise the contributions of young people in the borough.

The event will be held on Sunday 19th June between 11am and 4pm and admission is free.

The event was proposed by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Cosima Towneley, who wanted to showcase the work of Burnley’s vibrant voluntary sector and their links with our Armed Forces and other national groups.

Usual parking charges will apply on Towneley car parks.

The day will include a wide range of activities and displays, many by uniformed groups that encourage young people to excel. Among the attractions taking place will be:

  • A full–size replica Spitfire will be on display
  • The Army will set up an assault course and have a light artillery gun and armoured vehicle on display
  • Lancashire Police will have police vehicles as well as specialist search dogs, officers and their horses from the mounted section, and police drone equipment, with officers on hand to explain what role each section plays in tackling crime
  • Royal Air Force representatives will have interactive games and tasks for visitors to get involved with, plus an armoured fighting vehicle and de-actived weapons
  • Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue team will be there with one of its rescue dogs
  • Burnley FC will stage a friendly football game between two veteran teams – kick off at 12.15pm by the council’s Armed Forces champion Councillor Charlie Briggs
  • There will be free funfair rides, face painting and glitter painting
  • Other groups represented and activities will include the Royal Navy, orienteering, the Royal British LegionVeterans in Communities and Healthier Heroes.

Armed Forces Covenant

Burnley’s Armed Forces Covenant complements, at a local level, the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It encourages local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community.

This Armed Forces Covenant replaces the ‘community covenant’ launched in June 2011

Aims of the Armed Forces Covenants

Burnley Council and our armed forces community have worked together and established a covenant in our area in order to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement

Councillor Cosima Towneley is our Armed Forces Champion whose role is to make sure that the local authority achieves its commitments to the armed forces community.

For further information about the Armed Forces Covenant, contact Catherine Swift: cswift@burnley.gov.uk

We have also established an armed forced covenant group to deliver the covenant action plan.

Organisations which support service and ex service personnel in Burnley

The following local organisations provide a range of support to current serving members of the armed forces, veterans and ex service personnel:

Events of remembrance, and to celebrate the contribution made by the armed forces to the life of the community and the country

Organisations involved in the Burnley Armed Forces Covenant have supported a range of events over the last year, such as Remembrance Sunday and Padiham on Parade.