Bolton will mark Armed Forces Week 2022 with a special service next week.

Veterans will be recognised and celebrated during a short service, as well as the Armed Forces Day Flag being raised on Monday at 10.50am at Victoria Square.

The public are invited to attend and show their support of the Armed Forces both past and present.

Bolton mayor, Cllr Akhtar Zaman, will host a free veterans’ lunch in the town hall, and all Bolton veterans are invited.

There will also be a Dame Vera Lynn tribute act to entertain and lead the forces themed singalong.

Cllr Andy Morgan, Bolton Council’s armed forces champion, said: “This is an important time to honour our military and show our support for the important job they do.

“I also welcome all Bolton’s veterans to the luncheon at the town hall on Monday where we will also be raising the flag to coincide with events across the country.

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“It will also be great to see service personnel, cadets and veterans in Victoria Square with the people of Bolton enjoying the spectacle of Armed Forces Day.”

On Saturday, June 25, there will also be an annual Armed Forces Day event at Victoria Square, from 10.30am to 2pm, with a short service, followed by a family fun day with lots of stalls and free activities.

There will be military vehicles and weapons on display, supported by the local 216Bty Royal Artillery.

If you are a Bolton veteran and would like to attend, contact the Mayor's Office in advance on 01204-331090 or email to book your place by Friday 12 noon.