The Lord Mayor of Leeds will host a civic reception for ex-servicemen and women today as part of the city's celebrations for Armed Forces Day.
"Leeds City Council very much supports Armed Forces Day and it's been decided that the Lord Mayor will host a small civic event for ex-servicemen and women to demonstrate the city’s support for, and say thank you to members of the armed forces, " said Tom Riordan council chief executive.
“Although last week’s parade by the Rifles Regiment was our main event to mark Armed Forces Day, we have listened to popular opinion and have decided to hold a further event this weekend.
“The Armed Forces Day flag has also been proudly flying over the Civic Hall all week.
“We are already looking at hosting a formal event for next year’s Armed Forces Day, especially to mark the centenary of the start of World War I. We hope interested parties will join us in planning for this event.”
The Lord Mayor Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray added: “Last week’s Freedom Parade by the Rifles Regiment in Leeds, was a very successful event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who took part. Leeds folk warmly welcomed and applauded the Rifles.
“I am proud of the role played by our service men and woman and I am pleased to be hosting an extra event to say thank you to these very brave individuals.”
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.
Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate armed forces day and to recognise the sacrifice made by Britain's military past and present. In Rotherham the council have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to help service people adapt into civilian life when leaving the armed forces.