AFD 2019 Schedule

Hope you all have a fab weekend!

All weekend: 
Trade areas in Lower Kingsway and on Pier Gardens.
Displays on Knoll Street and in the Civic Car park

Friday 28
1200 – Event starts
1230pm – 4pm – Stage – Community engagement
6pm – 8pm – Gate area (bands) – Grimsby and District Pipe Band, Sea Cadet Band

Saturday 29
1000 – Event start
11am – stage – Artiez
12noon – stage – Amy Hallett
1pm – Parade
2pm – 3pm – Flight displays: Strikemaster and CAP 232
2.30pm – Stage – All for one choir
2.30pm – Pier Gardens – Cavalry display
3.15pm – Stage area: RAF Cranwell band
3.50pm – Stage area: RAF Waddington Pipe Band
4.30pm – Flight display: Dakota
4.40pm – Stage area: Grimsby and District Pipe Band
5.20pm – Stage: Serenade from James and Heather
6pm – Stage area: Grimsby and District Pipe Band
6.30pm – Stage area: Sunset parade and band
7.10pm – Stage: Ian Lattimer
8pm – Stage: Music (DJ)
8.40pm – Stage: Ian Lattimer
9.30pm – Flying display: Fireflies
9.45pm – Stage: Starstruck Band, 80s show
10.30pm – Fireworks


Sunday 30
10am – Event opens
12noon – Pier Gardens: Cavalry Display
12.30pm – Stage area: Grimsby and District Pipe Band
1pm – 2pm – Flying Displays: P47 Thunderbolt, Tucano and Fireflies
2pm – Pier Gardens: Cavalry Display
2pm – Stage area: RAF Waddington, Battle Pipes
2.30pm – Stage area: Grimsby and District Pipe Band
3pm -4pm – Flying displays: Hurricane and Miles Hawk
4pm – 4.45pm – Flying displays: Argus and Typhoon
4.10pm – Stage: Tank experience Raffle draw

All timings subject to change!

If you’re on twitter, follow #AFDClee19 for the weekend.

WIN a Full Monty Tank driving experience!

The Armed Forces Day celebrations just got a little better.

At this year’s celebrations, for just £5, you could win a fantastic ultimate tank driving experience.

How would you like to drive amazing vehicles across challenging courses? And then go Clay Pigeon Shooting using a double barrel shot gun? Take part in survival training with a Special Forces instructor, fire 17th century weapons and have a tour of a high firearms collection. If you can score higher than others on the course on the day, the ultimate prize is to get to drive a Chieftain Main Battle Tank and crush a car!

If this appeals to you, get entering.

You can buy your raffle tickets over the Armed Forces weekend (28-30 June) from either the Information Point in the Strikewing Memorial Gardens next to Remembrance Gate or before the weekend from the Tourist Information Centre in Cleethorpes. The winner will be announced on the Remembrance Gate stage at approximately 4.10pm on Sunday afternoon.

The prize winner will secure one place on the course (which will be with Tanks Alot at Helmdon in Northamptonshire) and a place for a guest who will be able to view the activities from an armoured vehicle. The prize also includes two nights’ hotel accommodation for two people (either double or twin room) with an evening meal on the Saturday evening.

Armed Forces Day Flag raising – Monday 24 June

The Armed Forces Day Flag will once again be raised in North East Lincolnshire at a public ceremony on 11am Monday 24 June to mark the start of the celebration of our armed forces communities.

The Armed Forces Day celebrations in North East Lincolnshire will be over the weekend of 28 to 30 June in Cleethorpes.

Alex Baxter, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire and MD of the Armed Forces Major Events Team will lead the proceedings in Cleethorpes at Memorial Gate on Alexandra Road along with The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Terry Walker.

Cllr Walker said: “I am extremely proud to be representing the borough in this year’s flag flying ceremony. I hope people from North East Lincolnshire will take the time to join us for the ceremony and pay tribute to all our Armed Forces and their families past and present, particularly in this, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.”

Alex Baxter added: “Our Armed Forces Day celebrations form one of the largest free events on the east coast. We have a great weekend of displays and entertainment lined up this year, alongside the usual fabulous parade and trade.”

To keep up to date on the details for the weekend as they are announced, visit http://www.armedforcesnortheastlincolnshire.events or the Armed Forces Cleethorpes facebook page.

Blighty Bear hits the town

In 2018, Blighty Bear joined the Armed Forces Major Events Team in Cleethorpes.

Since then, he’s been a stalwart of events in the borough, taking part in everything from beach cleans to parades. He’s also been out on visits to Portsmouth, Coningsby, Newcastle and he was lucky to escape from the Army / Navy annual rugby match at Twickenham with his fur intact!

Blighty is a combined services bear, serving the Navy, Army and RAF, promoting the UK armed forces across the globe.

Blighty’s role in Cleethorpes involves community engagement, which sees him visiting local schools and events, educating children on the role of the military, both past and present.

As a military representative, Blighty has also been used to promote recruitment to future service men and women, informing the younger members of our communities of the purpose and services of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

You can see Blighty next at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Cleethorpes again from 28-30 June this year with the largest, free event on the east coast! Be sure to give him a warm welcome and a wave. If you would like to have your photo taken with Blighty, keep your eyes peeled over the weekend as he’ll be popping out at various times to meet and greet you all.

And not only that, you can now own your own Blighty. Three versions of Blighty will be available to purchase from the information and sales tent in Strike Wing Memorial Gardens (near Ross Castle) over the weekend – in Army, Navy and RAF uniforms – at a cost of £19.95. Money raised from the sale of the bears will be ploughed back in to the Armed Forces event and the new Hive which will be based in The Knoll for veterans outreach services.

To keep up to date on the details of the Armed Forces Weekend as they are announced, visit http://www.armedforcesnortheastlincolnshire.events or the Armed Forces Cleethorpes Facebook page.

Traffic and travel advice ahead of Armed Forces weekend

North East Lincolnshire Council is urging people to plan ahead and arrive early to the Armed Forces Day celebrations this weekend to avoid disappointment.

Road closures will be in place across the weekend, though some areas will be closed from Thursday day time.

From 6am Friday 28 June to 11.59pm Sunday 30 June (noting exceptions below)

  • Alexandra Road (Sea Road to Sea View Street). Note: the section of Alexandra Road between Sea Road and Albert Road will reopen on Sunday. The rest of the road will remain closed all weekend.
  • High Cliff Road (Sea View Street to Brighton Street)
  • Knoll Street (full length)
  • Sea View Street (from New Road to Alexandra Road). Note: this will reopen on Sunday.
  • New Road (full length)
  • North Street (from the junction with Wardall Street to the junction with High Cliff Road)
  • Humber Street (from the junction with North Street to the junction with High Cliff Road)
  • Sea Road (Prom to Alexandra Road (south side only)
  • Yarra Road (car park entrance to Alexandra Road)
  • Albert Road (from Alexandra Road to a point 20 metres south west). Note: this will reopen on Sunday
  • Dolphin Street (from the junction to Alexandra Road). Note: this will reopen on Sunday

Saturday only: From 6am to 2pm on Saturday 29 June

Additional closures:

  • Station Road (from the railway station entrance to Grant Street)
  • Grant Street (from Station Road to the junction with High Street)
  • Wardall Street (section between Wardall Street and Sea View Street)
  • Sea View Street (section from Wardall Street to Cambridge Road)
  • Cambridge Street (from Wardall Street to Yarra Road)

Saturday only: from 11am to 2pm

Additional closures for the parade:

  • High Street (from Cross Street to the junction with Sea Road / Alexandra Road)
  • Osborne Street (full length)
  • Market Street (from Dolphin Street to Alexandra Road)
  • Wardall Street (from Cambridge Road to North Street)
  • North Street (from Wardall Street to Humber Street)
  • Humber Street (from North Street to Cambridge Street)
  • Highgate (Cambridge Street to St Peter’s Avenue)
  • Cambridge Street (from Humber Street to Wardall Street)

Parking bays in the following areas will be suspended.

Friday 28 June 6am to Sunday 11.59pm

  • Alexandra Road (whole length)
  • St Peters Avenue: Albert Road to Cambridge Street
  • St Peters Avenue: Sea View Street to Highgate

Saturday 29 June 6am to 11.59pm

Additional suspended bays

  • Some Central Prom parking bays, seaward side between “Jonny Donuts” and Brighton Slip.
  • Central Prom parking bays, land side from Sea Road to Brighton Slip

Bus diversion routes

Stagecoach services that normally use Sea Road stops will be diverted through an alternative route, missing out the closed roads listed above. The diversion will be along St Peter’s Avenue, Thrunscoe Road and Queen’s Parade.

From 6am on Friday 28 June 2019 until 10pm Sunday 30 June 2019 Cleethorpes High Street, Alexandra Road and Sea Road will be closed.

Services 3 will terminate at Memorial Hall and continue as a Service 4. Service 4 will divert via St Peter’s Avenue.

Service 5 will divert via St Peter’s Avenue, Highgate, Thrunscoe Road and Queens Parade in both directions. Sunday only from Grimsby will terminate at Memorial Hall until 1850.

Services 9, 10 and 17 will run their normal route to St Peter’s Avenue to divert via Highgate, Thrunscoe Road and Queens Parade in both directions.

Service 12 will run via St Peter’s Avenue in both directions.

Service 20 will run from and terminate at St Peter’s Avenue.

Service 250 will terminate at Memorial Hall and wait in Clee Road.

Public car parks

  • Knoll / Civic car park (front – facing Alexandra Road) – will be closed from 6pm on Thursday 27 June to 12 noon Monday 1 July.
  • Knoll / Civic car park (rear – facing Knoll Street) – will be closed from 6pm Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June (11pm).
  • Sea View Street car park– will be closed from 6pm Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June (11pm).
  • Civic Plaza car park – will be closed from 6pm Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June (11pm).

All other car parks in the resort will be open as usual.

Tow Away Zones    

In order to help set up the event and make the parade safe, tow away zones will be in place from Friday 28 June and Saturday 29 June in the following roads:

  • Station Road / Grant Street (from the railway station entrance to Alexandra Road).
  • A1098 and Alexandra Road (from the roundabout junction with Grant Street to the junction with High Cliff Road)
  • High Cliff Road
  • Humber Street
  • Cambridge Street (full length)
  • Knoll Street

Any drivers who park in any of these roads will be at risk of having their vehicle removed to a storage area and will have to pay to have their vehicle released.

To keep up to date on all timings for the weekend, visit www.armedforcesnortheastlincolnshire.events or follow Armed Forces Cleethorpes on Facebook.

Look up! Look up!

On both Saturday and Sunday at this year’s Armed Forces weekend in Cleethorpes we have some fantastic flying displays for you to enjoy.

In the afternoon on Saturday, you’ll be able to see displays from the solo Strikemaster Display, which was used for RAF training in the 1960s-80s) and you’ll be amazed by the aerobatics of the CAP 232 which has more world championship titles to its name than any other aircraft.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s (BBMF) Douglas C-47 Dakota will be doing a flypast for us around 1630 as well. ZA947 is currently painted to represent Dakota FZ692 of No 233 Squadron, around the D-Day period in 1944. This aircraft, which was named ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, was involved in Para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently in re-supply and casualty evacuation missions into and out of forward airfields in the combat areas. 

In the evening, we have the spectacular Fireflies display team dropping by Cleethorpes. This aerobatic display, around 2130 on the Saturday evening will be a first for the resort, with pyrotechnics from the wingtips of the aircraft.

The grand finale for Saturday will be a 15 minute firework display to music.

If you’ve not had your fill of aircraft, come back on Sunday to see displays throughout the afternoon.

World War Two aircraft, the P47 Thunderbolt and the Fairchild Argus will be flying in the early afternoon, along with another spectacular display from the Fireflies. The BBMF’s Hurricane will be displaying mid-afternoon, followed by the Miles Hawk Trainer which is a civilian version of the Miles Magister, used as a trainer by the RAF in the late 1930s.

Things then come a little more up to date for the end of the show with a display from the RAF’s Tucano team, the aircraft used to provide basic fast jet training to pilots, and we “bring on the noise” with the amazing Typhoon display team (29 Sqn from RAF Coningsby) who will showcase the mind blowing display of speed, power and agility of the aircraft.

Keep up to date on timings on either this website or follow Armed Forces Cleethorpes on Facebook.

Armed Forces Day: an update from the ground troops

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Cleethorpes again from 28-30 June this year with the largest, free event on the east coast!

The resort, which has hosted Armed Forces Days for the last nine years, will once again see a series of military spectacles.

On the Army side, there’s a number of current and historic vehicles coming to town.

Star of the show will be the 56 tonne Challenger main battle tank, which will take part in the parade on Saturday, along with a Scimitar and Armoured Personnel carriers.

Also this year, there will be a selection of WW2 vehicles to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe (D-Day). All the vehicles will be on display for the full weekend around The Knoll at the top of Knoll Street, with many taking part in the parade.

A mounted display troop of 16th Lancers are also taking part this year. They will be performing displays on the bowling green on Alexandra Road and will be leading the parade in their scarlet uniforms. The bowling green displays will be happening on both Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon.

The Lincolnshire Re-enactment Group will also be hosting a display of WW2 vehicles and artefacts in Sea View Street.

More information about other service displays will be coming out in the next few weeks.

To keep up to date on the details as they are announced, visit http://www.armedforcesnortheastlincolnshire.events or the Armed Forces Cleethorpes facebook page.

Bring the Noise – RAF Typhoon confirmed for 2019

The Royal Air Force have confirmed that the RAF Typhoon will display on the Sunday of the Armed Forces Weekend in Cleethorpes.

Back again from a very successful 2018 will be Flt Lt Jim Peterson the 2019 RAF Typhoon display pilot.  Jim is hard at work at the moment, polishing the new display in the skies overhead RAF Coningsby getting ready for Public Display Authority (PDA) before start of the 2019 season.

The team in Cleethorpes are working industriously to produce a great Armed Forces Weekend at the resort from Friday 28th June through to Sunday 30th June, including major ground attractions and a military parade on the Saturday, as well additional flying display items.  More details of all aspects of the weekend will be released via this website, local and social media over the coming week.  Keep your eyes open.