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Crowds turn out for Beverley Armed Forces Day

The seventh Beverley Armed Forces Day is taking place in the town today. The event had been under threat after a funding shortfall, but thanks to support of local residents and community groups, enough money was raised for the day to go ahead.

The Defence School of Transport based in Leconfield is exercising its Freedom of the Borough accompanied by veterans and members of the Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force.

The support from residents and community groups has been tremendous and I would like to thank them all for ensuring the event goes ahead. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who year after year help put the event on from those that move seats and barriers to performers who all give up their time without financial reward.

– Cllr David K Elvidge, Chairman of the Beverley Armed Forces Day

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Forces Support charity lends helping hand to soldiers' families

A charity is helping to transform the garden of a mother whose son was killed while fighting in Afghanistan.

Private Gavin Elliott was fighting insurgents in Helmand Province in 2009 when he died aged 19. Now the charity Forces Support is helping his mum Jayne makeover her garden at her home in North Anston near Worksop.

When complete it will have a special area where Gavin can be remembered by all Jayne's family:

Air crash training exercise in North Yorkshire

Hundreds of military personnel and the emergency services have been taking part in a major exercise to practice dealing with an air crash.

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire so teams could face the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision to ensure they're prepared for a real emergency.

Claire Montgomery was there:

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Air crash drill crucial in case 'the worst was to happen'

Hundreds of soldiers and airmen joined the emergency services in a major exercise to practise dealing with an air crash.

Squadron Leader Jim Errington, who led the exercise, says those kind of practices are essential "just in case the worst was the happen".

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire so teams could deal with the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision: a scenario the Military Aviation Authority requires to be rehearsed.

Mark Davies, Emergency Planner for North Yorkshire Police, says it is important to ensure people know "what their role is" in that scenario.

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Military host practice air crash in North Yorkshire

Hundreds of military personnel and the emergency services have been taking part in a major exercise to practice dealing with an air crash.

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming, in North Yorkshire, so teams could deal with the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision, involving two military aircraft and a number of casualties.

It is a scenario the Military Aviation Authority requires the Air Force to rehearse and this particular exercise has taken months to plan.

Squadron Leader Jim Errington, who led the exercise, said the majority of the 1600 strong personnel at the base have been involved in some way, along with rescue crews from Scotland.

While flying is as safe as we can possibly make it, there is always a risk and we have to practice this sort of thing, just in case the worst was to happen.

– Jim Errington

Military fire crews and police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire Police and the ambulance services joined the simulated rescue and recovery operation, to practice working together.

It is one of the largest exercises of its kind planned for this year.

Calls for more government cash to help veterans

As operations wind down in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, there are calls for more Government cash to support thousands of ex-military personnel set to return to civilian life over the next few years.

It is thought there are over 30,000 veterans in Rotherham alone. Martin Fisher has been looking at what help there is for veterans when they do return:

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