Posted: Tue 17th May 2016

Unsung heroes sought in Armed Forces Day /
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

A children’s competition to find the area’s unsung heroes has been launched as part of the countdown to Armed Forces Day South Wales next month. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The FREE event, which is being held on Saturday 25th June, will see thousands of people flock to Caerphilly town centre for a day of family fun in celebration of the Armed Forces community. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In the build up to the event, the Royal Air Forces Association is looking for unsung heroes, in an appeal to young people across the area. Open to three age categories – 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 year olds – the competition invites entrants to produce a drawing or poem about their own hero. From veterans, cadets and volunteers to teachers, youth workers and parents – the competition is about young people nominating the heroic people who make a difference to their lives. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Lucky winners will receive a £30 gift voucher and a VIP pass to attend the event next month, where they will receive food, have their entry publicly displayed and receive their prize on stage. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The competition is open to all young people across South Wales, and the closing date is Tuesday 31st May. Entries should be sent to Barbara Howells, Celynen Colleries Institute and Memorial Hall, High Street, Newbridge, NP11 4FH or by email to ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Armed Forces Day South Wales annual event, which is being held in Caerphilly for the very first time this year, traditionally sees over 10,000 people attend. The event will take place on the Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields on Crescent Road in Caerphilly between 10am and 6pm, with military stalls and marquees, demonstrations and an events arena in celebration of the armed forces past, present and future. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A parade through Caerphilly town centre featuring hundreds of Armed Services personnel, cadets and veterans will take place at 11am, leaving from St Martins School. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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