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Don Valley MP Caroline Flint tweets support to forces

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has tweeted a message of support to families of those who serve in our armed forces on Armed Forces Day.


To those that serve and have. To their families who are always there for them. Thank you. #ArmedForcesDay

She watched the parade through Doncaster this morning where our reporter James Webster interviewed her.


Parade marches through Doncaster for Armed Forces Day

Current and former service personnel have marched through Doncaster to mark Armed Forces Day. The official salute was taken outside Mansion House in the town centre where veterans carrying standards were waiting to greet those on parade. Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch.

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North Yorkshire Police capture Battle of Britain fly past

North Yorkshire Police officers are on duty at Armed Forces Day celebrations in Scarborough. Here's what they have 'captured' of the event.

Ben Parkinson supports Armed Forces Day

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson at Armed Forces day in Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson is collecting for the Pilgrim Bandits charity he has set up to take seriously injured armed forces personnel on adventure training expeditions.

The former paratrooper, who suffered horrific injuries in a bomb attack in Afghanistan, has been supporting Armed Forces Day in his hometown of Doncaster.

Watch: Ben Parkinson receives MBE


Celebrities mark Armed Forces Day on Twitter

Celebrities Stephen Fry, Myleene Klass, Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart have marked Armed Forces Day on Twitter.


.@armedforcesday wishing all of the Armed Forces Veterans & Cadets a Happy #ArmedForcesDay today (esp my nephew Will)


Saturday 28 June is Armed Forces Day - show your support for our nation's brave troops


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In pictures: crane airlifts Hurricane onto York theatre roof

An engineering team arrived at 5am and roads were shut around York Theatre Royal

The Hurricane aircraft is now safely on York Theatre Royal's roof - but it took two hours and a lot of effort.

It's there to mark Armed Forces Day, the 70th anniversary of the French Air Force's arrival in the city, and York's part in the Tour de France.

By 5.30am a crane had lifted the Hurricane part-way up
...And by 7am the roads were open again and the aircraft was in place

Hurricane on York theatre roof will be "amazing talking point"

A Hurricane aircraft was airlifted onto the roof of York Theatre Royal today - and the director of the city's Air Museum hopes it will get people talking about the local history of the air force.

The lift not only marks Armed Forces Day, but also the 70th anniversary of the French Air Force arriving in York.

In June 1944 two French bomber squadrons became operational at RAF Elvington (now the Air Museum). They were unique in Bomber Command, with Elvington being the only base to be operated wholly by another nationality. Some 2300 French personnel were stationed at the base.

“As this significant 70th Anniversary coincides exactly with the build up to the Grand Départ of the Tour De France in York, the Hurricane will provide both an amazing talking point for the City’s celebration of this magnificent sporting event and provide a visual spectacle for the television camera’s following the peleton as it swoops past the Theatre Royal, with York Minster resplendent in the background.

"The Hurricane also reflects another wartime link to France, as it was a French pilot, Yves Mahé flying his 253 Squadron Hawker Hurricane, who first intervened to save York during the ‘York Blitz’ of April 1942.”

– Ian Reed, Director - Yorkshire Air Museum

Fitting memorial as Hurricane airlifted onto York theatre roof

The Hurrican took pride of place on at around 5.30am this morning

Today marks the sixth annual Armed Forces Day.

And in the same year we mark the centenary of World War I, there are plenty of events going on across the region to show support for the forces.

In York, early this morning the Hawker Hurricane aircraft, normally housed at the Yorkshire Air Museum, was lifted onto the roof of the café of the Theatre Royal. This month is also the 70th Anniversary of the French Air Force arriving in York.

On top of all this, York will host Stage 2 of the Tour de France Grand Depart, making this memorial especially significant.

Chris Kamara chases down street robber in Brazil

Former Leeds and Bradford man Chris Kamara has even further enhanced his heroic status with a dramatic street chase in Brazil.

The footballer turned pundit executed an uncharacteristic turn of pace to chase down a street robber.


Not lost me pace!!! I just caught this street robber. Done in now though


My good deed has back fired I have to go to the police station now to make a statement

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