National Armed Forces Day

Nottingham is getting ready to host a national celebration this weekend as part of Armed Forces Day

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In pictures: The preparations continue ahead of Armed Forces Day

105mm artillery guns in place at Nottingham Castle ready for firing in a "feu de joie" tomorrow morning to launch Armed Forces Day Credit: ITV News Central
The three artillery guns will each be fired four times Credit: ITV News Central
Lance Bombardiers Gareth Lynch and Adam Brooks from Nottingham who'll fire the first gun at precisely 10.47am Credit: ITV News Central

Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire prepares for his most important engagement

The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire is preparing for his most important engagement since taking over the role last July.

Sir John Peace, the Queen's representative in the county, will play a prominent part in tomorrow's Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham.

Sir John will accompany the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester as they take the salute at the military parade in Old Market Square.

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60th Anniversary of Welbeck Defence College

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Welbeck College, which originally opened its doors to potential Army Officers in September 1953.

Established to provide technical and engineering Officers to Sandhurst, the College operated out of Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire for over 50 years.

Welbeck College Credit: Ministry of Defence

In September 2005 the College moved to a new site just outside Loughborough and became Welbeck - The Defence Sixth Form College.

It widened its remit to providing potential technical and engineering Officers to not only the Army, but the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as students who had ambitions to join the Defence Engineering and Science Group as a Civil Servant.

The Annual General Inspection is the most prestigious event in the College calendar and this years event on Saturday 29th June will be the biggest of its kind in the history of the College.

Midlands planes to grace Nottingham on Armed Forces Day

Iconic planes from the Second World War, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will take part in a flypast over Nottingham tomorrow as part of Armed Forces Day 2013.

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight – consisting of a Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber and Hurricane – will take to the skies over the host city at around 2pm on Saturday.

The Red Arrows, based at RAF Scampton, will also fly over Nottingham at around 11am.

Commanding Officer of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Duncan Mason, says it's an honour to represent the RAF on Armed Forces Day.

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