Stoke couple gear up for Afghanistan

A married couple from Stoke-on-Trent are among a group of 25 Territorial Army soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

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Armed Forces Covenant to be signed in Leicester

Armed Forces marching through Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The Armed Forces Community Covenant will be signed in Leicester today.

It is a scheme to improve links between the military and members of the public. Under it, charities, councils, businesses and individuals will be encouraged to provide support to servicemen, women and their families.

Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby said:

"The city council has a strong commitment to supporting the armed forces community. We are planning a welcome home parade for the Royal Anglian Regiment returning from Afghanistan in 2014, together with a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War."

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Thousands expected at Armed Forces motorcycle event

Thousands of motorcyclists from around the country are expected at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

Motorcyclists on their way to last year's event Credit: ITV News Central

The event is the sixth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event and gives bikers the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces.

Thousands of bikers are expected to attend today's event Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester hosts Armed Forces parade

Nottingham will host Armed Forces Day this year.
Nottingham will host Armed Forces Day this year. Credit: Nottingham City Council

Service men and women of all generations are taking part in a parade in Leicester later on today. The event is being held to celebrate and raise awareness of the past and continuing role of the military, as part of the nation's Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The Leicester event is taking place a week before the national celebrations, which Nottingham is hosting.

Royal British Legion and Veterans' Association Standards, service personnel, veterans and cadets will take part in the Leicester parade.

The parade, which will makes its way through the streets of Leicester, will number more than 300. It will be led by the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association Band.

There will be a service in the cathedral before the parade, which will be attended by those who will form the parade.

Prince Charles awards Mercian regiment's new colours - full report

by Victoria Davies

The Prince of Wales has officially presented the Mercian Regiment with their new colours, following the regiment's formation six years ago.

The regiment recruits many soldiers from the Midlands and today was important as all four batallions came together to welcome the new colours, which Prince Charles said represented their heritage and fighting spirit. Victoria Davies reports.

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