People across Cumbria and southern Scotland have been marking Armed Forces Day. Events were held in Stranraer, Workington, Cockermouth and Carlisle, from where Fiona Marley Paterson sent this report.
Military organisations are celebrating Armed Forces Day.
It focuses on those who are currently serving, by raising awareness and showing support for the contribution they and their families make.
There are events today (Saturday 28th June) in Carlisle, Workington, Cockermouth and Stranraer.
- Cockermouth:11.00 to 14.00 at Victori Hall, High Sand Lane
- Workington: 10.45am to midnight at the Royal British Legion Club, St John's Court
- Carlisle: 10.00 to 16.00 on the pedestrianised area
- Stranraer: 12.00 to 22.00 at Agnew Park
Accepting his election as the Chairman of the Defence Select Committee, MP Rory Stewart said it was a "a very, very great honour." He narrowly beat his fellow Conservative MP Julian Lewis with 226 votes to Mr Lewis's 212. He'll begin his duties defence policy immediately.
The MP for Penrith and the Border has been voted in to the powerful position as chairman of the Defence Select Committee.
Rory Stewart MP was considered to be one of the favourites for the post in the House of Commons.
The Conservative MP was elected by other members of parliament following the work he's already done as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
Mr Stewart, who worked as an official in post war Iraq in 2003-04, said it was a "very, very great honour" to be selected for his new role.
Mr Stewart will start his new role heading up the cross-party committee of MPs scrutinising defence policy immediately.
– Rory Stewart, MP
It has been an enormous privilege to stand alongside colleagues who have approached this in such a collegial and kind fashion.
"I have so much to learn from them. I am a very young member, very inexperienced, and it is a very, very great honour."
Events have been taking place across the region to mark Armed Forces Day, a national celebration of the UK's Armed Forces.
In Carlisle a number of organisations including the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force, Carlisle Gurkha and Nepalese Association and Cadet Units set up stalls and took part in displays.
Major Joseph Mark, the President of the Legion's Carlisle branch says it is an important day.