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Sunderland turns out for Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day parade along the seafront in Seaburn Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Events have been held across the region to mark Armed Forces Day.

In Seaburn, people turned out for a parade involving members of all three services as well as cadets.

Here and across the region, it marked the culmination of a week of events, to highlight the contribution of service people, their families, veterans and cadets.

Cadets line up for inspection Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Sunderland's mayor was a guest of honour Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Veterans were among those taking part Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Armed Forces Day: events across the region

A previous Armed Forces Day parade in Middlesbrough Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A day of tributes to the armed forces, past and present, are taking place across the region.

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for members of the public to show their support to serving troops, as well as their families, veterans and cadets.

It marks the culmination of a week of events to highlight the work of those connected with our armed services.

Among the events taking place in the North East: a series of tributes in Redcar including a service of remembrance and a flyover by an historic Lancaster bomber.

On Sunday 26th June Darlington will host a free Proms in the Park, at the bandstand in South Park from 3pm.

Armed Forces Day events are taking place from Northumberland to North Yorkshire in the following locations. For more details click here

- Berwick - Morpeth - Hexham - Consett - Stanley - Bishop Auckland - Barnard Castle - Stockton - Sunderland - Ripon - Scarborough - Whitby - York


HMS Northumberland returns home

HMS Northumberland. Credit: Ministry of Defence

A Royal Navy frigate built at Swan Hunter returns to the North East for a six-day visit today.

HMS Northumberland will sail into North Shields, berthing at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields at approximately 10am.

She will remain until Monday, June 29th, and during her stay the ship and her crew will play host to a wide range of visitors and take part in a number of affiliation events.

The highlight of the visit will be on Friday, June 26th, when 160 members of the ship's company will proudly march in a spectacular Freedom Parade through the county town of Morpeth.

HMS Northumberland will be open to the public on Armed Forces Day, Saturday June 27th, between 11am and 4pm with last entry at 3.30pm.


Armed forces celebration cancelled

A event in Durham to celebrate servicemen and women has been cancelled because of the recent heavy rain.

The free Jubilee Proms in the Park concert had been due to take place on Sunday afternoon but organisers say the ground is too wet for it to go ahead. The event was arranged ahead of Armed Forces Day, next Saturday 30 June.

But the chairman of the council will still carry out a veterans' badge presentation and host afternoon tea for veterans and their families in County Hall.

“This would have been a very enjoyable musical event, planned for residents and visitors of Durham but the recent weather conditions and the forecast for Sunday mean that it would have been a wash out unfortunately."

– Linda Marshall, chairman of Durham County Council