Budding soldiers will be defending their territory at Dalton Mills, as a Yorkshire airsoft company is hosting monthly events with us from July.
Alpha One, which also raises funds for the Lee Rigby United Forces charity, holds its first airsoft day at the mill on Sunday 20 July, and the third Sunday of every month thereafter.
Airsoft is often described as a more tactical version of paintball - a chance to have a real-life attempt at popular console game, Call of Duty, with BB guns. Players play in teams, and the game uses extremely realistic guns including replicas of real weapons.
Alpha One runs regular events from its own vast, 110 acre woodland site, just off Junction 38 of the M1 towards Wakefield, as well as special events at unique venues such as Dalton Mills.
Jimmy Gillies from Alpha One says: "The layout of the derelict parts of Dalton Mills makes it a fantastic backdrop for Airsoft - the site has a great post-apocalyptic feel that will add an extra dimension to the games."
Alpha One has close links with the charity that was set up by Lyn Rigby, the mother of murdered Fusillier Lee Rigby, in her son's name. Lee Rigby United Forces provides support, both emotionally and financially to bereaved families of Armed Forces personnel. Alpha One has organised an annual Yorkshire vs Lancashire airsoft day at its own site on July 6, which would have been Lee's birthday, with a charity raffle drawn by Lyn Rigby and a hog roast to keep the players well-fuelled.
The events will run in the derelict parts of Dalton Mills, for a limited time, while restoration is being carried out.
To find out more about the Alpha One airsoft events at Dalton Mills, or to book a place on its Lee Rigby charity event, please visit alphaoneairsoft.com.