Armed forces parades

Soldiers have held marches through Hull, Leeds and Sheffield today ahead of Armed Forces Day.

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Riflemen exercise their right to the freedom of the city

300 Riflemen have marched through the streets of Leeds to exercise their right to the freedom of the city. Hundreds of service families and onlookers applauded as the soldiers paraded. 3 Rifles is the biggest regiment in the British Army and returned from Afghanistan last November.

Since 2007, The Rifles battalions have been deployed almost continually on operations. 60 Riflemen have been killed in action. A further 300 have suffered serious injuries.

Lt Colonel Charlie Maconochie, Commanding Officer 3 Rifles, explains the significance of today's parade.

Armed forces freedom parade held in Hull

Soldiers from the 150 Yorkshire Transport Regiment are holding a march through Hull today ahead of Armed Forces Day. A Spitfire flypast also promises to wow visitors as it takes to the skies over Queens Gardens.

  • The event runs from 10am with main activities in Queens Gardens
  • Included will be a cadet climbing wall, face painting and and soft play area
  • A full programme of music throughout the day

"Hull has a long and proud history with the Armed Forces and this is a fantastic opportunity for our city to show our support and thank our military personnel, past and present, for their bravery, dedication and enormous sacrifices they make for each and every one of us."

– Councillor Steve Walker, Lead Member for Armed Forces and Veterans

300 Riflemen will also take part in a Freedom parade in Leeds starting in Millennium Square. The parade will march down Calverley Street, the Headrow, along Vicar Lane to King Edward Street, to Briggate and then across the Headrow and back up Calverley Street to Millennium Square.