The City of Peterborough is busy planning for an event-filled day dedicated to the Armed Forces. The aim of the day, to be called the Peterborough Salute and to happen sometime in September, is to raise funds to build a lasting memorial to local servicemen and personnel from nearby RAF Wittering who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Events being drawn up for the day include a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a procession of tanks, performances from RAF and Royal Marines bands and other musical groups and a range of events for children and families. Event organiser, veteran Paul Bell, hopes that the day will raise between £30,000 and £40,000 for the memorial. The memorial is intended to have particular resonance with young people (oh dear).
Some of the money raised on the day will also go to Help For Heroes and other Armed Forces charities.
The Peterborough Salute is sure to counter the unfortunate reputation the city earned when servicemen from RAF Wittering were assaulted in the city's streets and were consequently ordered not to wear their uniforms in public.
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