North East Armed Forces Day

Parades and services will take place across the region to mark Armed Forces Day.

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Countess of Wessex presents medals to army medics

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex has been the guest of honour at a ceremony at Newcastle's Exhibition Park in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

The Countess presented army medics with medals in recognition of their service in Afghanistan, including members of the Territorial Army's 201 (Northern) Field Hospital who spent three months there earlier this year. Lieutenant Colonel Mark Townend said it is a proud day.

Region marks Armed Forces Day

Lord Lieutenant Nigel Sherlock presents medals
Lord Lieutenant Nigel Sherlock presents Diamond Jubilee medals at a ceremony in Newcastle's Exhibition Park. Credit: ITV News

Parades and services are being held across the region for Armed Forces Day in honour of those who serve.

The day honours the outstanding contributions made by current members of the Armed Forces and by veterans of all ages.