Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is to throw its hat in the ring to host Armed Forces Day 2024.
The event, which takes place on the last Saturday each June, is a chance for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community - from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
The Council previously hosted Armed Forces Day back in 2016 at Antrim Castle Gardens and Antrim Stadium, and has agreed to submit a bid to The Reserve Forces Cadets Association for NI to host the 2024 event in Newtownabbey, with Hazelbank Park and Jordanstown Loughshore Park as the proposed venues.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross said:
“Our Council has a strong association with the armed forces and it would be a huge honour and privilege to host Armed Forces Day 2024 in the Borough.
“This would be a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation of the courage and bravery borne by our forces, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
“Hazelbank and Jordanstown parks would be ideal venues to host the event, as both locations are beside open water, allowing full participation from all services, as well as land, water and air based activity.”