Free First bus offer for Sheffield’s Armed Forces Day

Sheffield City Council has joined forces with First Buses to offer free bus travel for veterans and serving personnel on an important date in the city’s commemoration calendar.

People who show their military ID or veterans’ badge on Armed Forces Day this Saturday will get free travel on all First buses.

They can join the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Tony Downing alongside Sheffield Armed Forces and Veterans to celebrate with a series of activities.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport and development at Sheffield City Council said: “This is an excellent offer which will hopefully see more people than ever enjoying the city centre for our Armed Forces Day. I hope to see as many veterans and serving personnel there as possible.

“This year there’s an added poignancy as it’ll soon be 100 years since the end of the First World War. We also have a team of cyclists currently en route to France to raise money for Sheffield Memorial Park.”

Free travel is available on Saturday 23 and 30 June to members of the armed forces who are in uniform or who show an identification card. The offer is also open to members of the cadet forces in uniform and veterans who display valid identification such as the MOD issued Veteran’s Badge.

Andy Simpson, Operations Director of First South Yorkshire, said: “We’re proud to support both the Sheffield and national Armed Forces Days, which are very special occasions for many people who want to remember family, friends and others who have been lost in military service. As a committed supporter of the communities we serve, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend local events with this small gesture on Saturday.”

This year’s Armed Forces Day starts in the Peace Gardens at 11am with a veterans parade and ceremony. The Ashby Big Band and Lorrie Brown will transport people back in time with her award winning performances as Dame Vera Lynn and Marie Lloyd.

Armed Forces and Veterans Day honours the outstanding contribution made by current members of the armed forces and by veterans of all ages. The day is an opportunity for us all to join together to pay tribute to our armed forces past, present and future.

This year’s event marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and the formation of the Royal Air Force and provides a poignant opportunity to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who lost or risked their lives, to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world.

Further details and timings

Veterans meet and form up – 11.30-11.45am – Surrey Street, by the Police Box

Parade disabled contingent meet – 11.45am – St Paul’s Parade (Brown’s Bistro)

Parade – 11.50am – Surrey Street, Town Hall Square, Peace Gardens

Ceremony – 12 noon (approx) – Peace Gardens

Dance up a storm in the Peace Gardens

12.30-1.20pm and 2pm to 2.50pm

Ashby Big Band – While away the afternoon with music from one of the best Glenn Miller/Swing When You’re Winning tribute bands. They are a fantastic swing orchestra using the classic big band formation of Saxes, Brass and Rhythm Section.

1.25pm to 1.55pm – as Marie Lloyd and 3pm to 4pm – as Dame Vera Lynn

The wonderful Lorrie Brown returns to the Peace Gardens stage with her tributes to the Queen of the Music Halls, Marie Lloyd and the Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn. Award winning tribute artist Lorrie brings the contrasting sounds of the beautiful and melodic voice of Vera Lynn and Marie Lloyd’s characterful, down to earth tones.