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Lancaster bomber and Spitfire fly-past to mark Armed Forces Day weekend at the National Memorial Arboretum

A fly-past by a Lancaster bomber and a Spitfire will help marked Armed Forces Day at the National Memorial Arboretum.

A spitfire flypast in Lichfield

A spitfire flypast in Lichfield

The historic aircraft will be the centrepiece of a weekend of events in Alrewas on June 30 and July 1.

The Lancaster is due to take part on June 30, with the Spitfire on the following day, which will also feature a parachute drop.

Other activities across the weekend include a performance by a military band from the Royal Cops of Signals, a children’s assault course, a food and gift fair and climbing walls.

There will also be the chance for visitors to hear more about the lives of Armed Forces personnel and their families with members of 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment on hand to offer advice and demonstrate pieces of equipment.

Sarah Oakden, from the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “This flagship event is a fantastic occasion each year, bringing together thousands of families from all walks of life in celebration of the terrific contributions made by our Armed Forces.

“It provides the opportunity to learn new things about our Armed Forces and the people who serve as part of them during a fantastic family day out.

“The tremendous success of previous Armed Forces Day events inspired us to extend festivities to cover the whole weekend, and we are confident that this year will be the best yet.”

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