National Armed Forces Day 2018

North Wales Police are offering a warm welcome to the thousands of visitors heading to Llandudno later this month for National Armed Forces Day.

Photograph of Llandudno taken by NPAS

Saturday June 30th will include a wide-range of activities including a ceremonial parade along the seafront stepping off from the War Memorial at 11am involving serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands. There will then be an opportunity to interact with exhibitions and activities along the Promenade and Bodafon Fields including static aircraft and armoured vehicles.

Superintendent Jane Banham, Silver Commander for the event said: “On Saturday June 30th Llandudno will be honouring the work of our Armed Forces personnel as it hosts the national Armed Forces Day celebrations. We are proud to police National Armed Forces Day and are working closely with our partners to deliver a safe, secure and enjoyable event for all.

“The celebrations will be attended by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, senior political and military representatives, civic representatives and hundreds of service personnel, both Regular and Reserve – from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Cadets and Veterans.

“We want people to have a safe and enjoyable time and make sure the weekend is memorable for all the right reasons which is why we are offering some tips and advice to ensure everybody’s day out goes smoothly.

“Visitors to the event can help us by giving themselves plenty of time to get into town, arriving in good time so they can make the most of the celebrations. Colleagues from Conwy County Borough Council have been working closely facilitating additional public transport and parking for the day and all details are available via their website.”

Members of the public are also being encouraged not to bring their drones to the event due to them being a possible security risk.

Supt Banham added: “Generally a drone operator must not fly over or within 150m of any organized event of over 1000 people. In order to fly over congested areas or crowds the operator must either have special permission.

“Due to the busy nature of the event, which will include aircraft demonstrations, we are kindly advising people to leave their drones at home and to just come along and enjoy the event. This is just one part of the broad range of security measures that are in place to deliver a safe and secure day for everyone.”

North Wales Police are also advising that there will be an increased police presence in and around the Llandudno area including armed officers and closer working with colleagues from British Transport Police.

Supt Banham added: "As a Force we constantly review our staffing levels for any large-scale public event and visitors can expect to see high visibility policing throughout the weekend.

"We have been working closely with our partners in Conwy County Borough Council and other emergency services to plan for the day. Visitors will see an armed presence but I want to reassure them that this is not in response to any direct threat aimed at the event, but is part of the national response to recent events and will provide a visible reassurance for the thousands of people who are expected to come to enjoy the weekend.

“Local residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to continue to be vigilant and help be our extra eyes and ears. If you see something that doesn’t look right, let us know and we will look into your concerns fully.

“The policing operation will be amongst the largest in North Wales Police’s history and will involve over 500 North Wales Police officers and staff. The celebration is expected to attract thousands to Llandudno however, our communities can be reassured that our response to incidents and day to day policing will not be affected by the policing of the National Armed Forces Day.”

Further information including travel and parking arrangements is available via the Conwy County Borough Council website

Social media users are encouraged to follow @EventsConwy on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtag #AFDLlan for the latest information and guidance.

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