Free travel for armed forces on Armed Forces Day
First West Yorkshire is honouring the armed forces community by offering free bus travel for serving troops, veterans and cadets on Saturday 29th June.
The armed forces will be able to travel on any First West Yorkshire service for free, enabling them to easily travel to Armed Forces Day events. Members of the armed forces who are in uniform, or able to show an identification card, can claim free travel. 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.
Supporting Armed Forces Day is of importance to the local bus operator as a significant number of its staff, including drivers, are ex-members of the armed forces. Will Pearson, Head of Operations at First West Yorkshire, comments: “This is an incredibly important occasion for many people to show their support, or remember family members, friends and others who have been lost in military service. We support events like this every year, as a significant number of our team come from a military background.
“There will be many events and services taking place locally where people, communities and organisations around the area can visit to show their respect. As a supporter of our communities, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend local events on this important day. We’re also pleased to be offering free travel for members of the armed forces community attending the Bradford Bulls event on 23rd June.”
Paul Mitchell, Head of Commercial & Community Development at Bradford Bulls, said: “Our Armed Forces Day celebrations, which are in conjunction with our Betfred Championship game against Halifax, will be a fantastic family occasion with over a dozen regiments attending who will deliver a memorable spectacle while at the same time helping to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity.
“Bradford Bulls will offer free admission to the game for all military personnel and veterans attending. We’re delighted that First West Yorkshire is to also provide them with free travel on the day and we thank them for this initiative. General admission for the game will be just £10 for adults and £5 for children so we encourage Bulls fans and otherwise to come along, cheer on the team and salute our Armed Forces. Gates open at 12pm.”