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Bradford Celebrates Armed Forces Week

A variety of events are being held in Bradford this week to observe Armed Forces Week.

Around 60 veterans from across the Bradford district are being honoured at a special lunch hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor in the Banqueting Hall in City Hall on Friday 23 June.

Later in the week a special Armed Forces Day drumhead service and concert in Centenary Square and City Park will be held on Saturday 24 June starting at 11am.

The 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron Air Cadet Band will lead a Parade of Standards of the various ex-service associations into City Park to begin the service, where members of the band will build an altar of drums which will be the focal point for this service.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Councillor Abid Hussain, will say a few words of welcome, before Reverend Canon Paul Maybury, Canon Precentor from Bradford Cathedral will lead the service with the support of Jon Howard, Chaplain to the Bradford Sea Cadets.

A reflection will be given by Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Alan Roberts followed by the Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph given by members of the Royal British Legion. The Last Post will be sounded which will be followed the observation of two minute silence.

The service will end with the singing of the National Anthem.

Following the service there will be displays and performances by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps, the band of the West Yorkshire Police and the Revolution Show Corps band.

Bradford District Armed Forces Covenant Partnership along with armed service charities will be hosting stalls as part of the event.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, said: “It is really important that we honour the sacrifices that continue to be made on our behalf by members of our armed forces and their families. I do hope that people come along and show their support by attending these events.”

Ilkley Lido opens for Summer!

Ilkley Lido will make a splash as it officially re-opens for the summer season this Saturday, 27 May and will mark the occasion with a family fun day.

The Bradford-Council run venue was voted one of the top ten open air pools in the country.

Also taking place later next month is the Solstice Swim on Wednesday, 21 June.

The Lido, which was built in 1935, has a 45-metre stretch of shallow water and slide for children, a fountain pool and a lagoon-shaped pool for swimmers. It is surrounded by a grassy area for relaxing on sunny days and far-reaching views across Ilkley Moor. There is also a cafe, tennis courts, putting green and bowling green.

On the day there will be stalls, face-painting and activities, as well as the outdoor and indoor pools to enjoy.

The summer opening event runs from 10am to 5.30pm and costs £2 per person.

Steve Hartley, Strategic Director of Place, said: “Ilkley Lido is a great place for a family day out with its wide range of activities and its location, close to Ilkley town centre and on the edge of the beautiful Ilkley Moor. In good hot summers, it has been known to attract up to 50,000 visitors.

We are looking forward to a great family fun day on Saturday and hoping for good weather”.

Season tickets for the lido are also now on sale and cost £125 for adults and £62.50 for children and senior citizens and £50.00 Bradford Leisure card holders..

Further information can be found on the website

Ilkley Lido
Take the kids to Ilkley Lido this weekend! The summer opening event runs from 10am to 5.30pm and costs £2 per person.