TV star sings at Armed Forces Weekend

The Paul Hayes Collection.
The Paul Hayes Collection.

A packed three days of events will mark Armed Forces Weekend in Morecambe including live music from The Paul Hayes Collection.

Servicemen and women, past and present, will march from the Clock Tower to the Morecambe Arena in the annual centrepiece of the festival.

This Annual Parade and Drum Head Service starts at 11.45am and culiminates in a service of tribute and respect for the fallen.

Armed Forces Weekend starts this Friday night (June 28) with live music from 1950s rock ‘n’ roll band The Paul Hayes Collection, fronted by TV personality Paul Hayes.

Music starts at Smokey O’Connor’s on Morecambe Street from 8.30pm. Admission is £5.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a Service of Celebration at St Barnabas’ Church on Regent Road starting at 2.30pm. This will be followed by refreshments organised by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA).

A Celebration Concert by Morecambe Brass Band comes to the Winter Gardens theatre on Saturday night.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Refreshments available. Tickets £5.

The parade on Sunday will be followed by an afternoon of music from Morecambe Brass Band and other events inside the Winter Gardens.

Dave Andrew from Morecambe and District United Services Association (MADUSA) said: “We consider this an important date in the calendar and it is the third year we have done this. In light of recent happenings in this country as well as abroad we need to raise awareness of what our troops are doing for us on a daily basis. It is also aimed at raising awareness of servicemen past, present and future.

“As well as the Armed Forces side of things this also raises the profile of Morecambe and as it hopefully grows will bring more and more people in.”

Donations and/or raffle prizes to help support the event are welcome.

Tickets for the paid-for events are available by calling 07508 824037 or 01524 424629 or email