Wrexham will be celebrating Wales Armed Forces Day 2022 on June 18 as it prepares to welcome crowds of all ages.

Wrexham will be flying the flag above the Guildhall ready for the big day which will see a parade of 300 marching servicemen and veterans, and a fly past by the City of Lincoln Lancaster Bomber as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Exhibitions and displays will be open from 10.00 am including inflatables, an active field kitchen and field hospital, representatives from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps with a Challenger 2 Tank, Welsh Guards, Royal Navy, RAF, RLC, and the Royal Welsh alongside armed forces charities such as the Royal British Legion and Woody’s Lodge.

The parade will form up on Bodhyfryd from 10 am and will begin at 10.30 am led by the Royal Welsh Band accompanied by the Queens Dragoon Guards Farrier Major Mark Holland with the regimental mascot LCpl Jones a Welsh Mountain Pony Emrys Forlan Jones and the Royal Welsh regimental mascot Shenkin IV with Goat Major Sergeant Mark Jackson. With the rest of the parade following behind.

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They'll leave Bodhyfryd and march along Chester Street, High Street, Hope Street, Queens Street, Lambpit Street, left under the arch and onto Llwyn Isaf where they'll come to attention for the official opening ceremony.

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Speeches will be given by Chief Exec, who will welcome everyone to AFD, Armed Forces Champion, who will thanks the Armed Forces Community and Brigadier Andrew Dawes CBE, Commander 160th (Welsh) Brigade and head of the Army in Wales, followed by the National Anthems.

The Battle of Britain Flight Lancaster Bomber will fly past at 13.38.

The event will continue until the closing ceremony on Llwyn Isaf at 15.45.

There'll be refreshments available, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic and entertainment from the bandstand including:

  • 11:30 - 12:15 - Ifton Colliery Band
  • 12:15 - 13:00 - Rhos Male Voice Choir
  • 13:00 - 13:45 - Royal Welsh Band
  • 13:45 - 15:45 - The Big Beat

On the corner of Hope Street and Henblas Street:

  • 11.00 - 12.00 RAF Cadet Band
  • 12.00 - 12.30 Royal Welch Fusiliers Corps of Drums Volunteers 
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Gwent & Powys ACF Band

At 3.45 pm there will be closing ceremony and speeches by the Mayor, Cllr Brian Cameron and Air Commodore Adrian (Dai) Williams OBE ADC RAF Air Officer followed by a Wales Short Sunset ceremony by the Royal Welsh band and march off.