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Vigils in protest of defence cuts

Peace vigils are to be held across the UK today in protest of planned defence cuts.

Earlier this month Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced major defence restructuring plans that will see the Army lose 17 units.

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Former soldiers and families hold silent protest at army cuts

Demonstrations are being held across the country today over the Government's plans to cut the size of the army.

In Manchester, families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan joined ex-servicemen and women in a protest at the city's cenotaph, as ITV Granada reported.

Families and former servicemen and women at the Manchester cenotaph. Credit: Elaine Willcox

Ex-servicemen and families of soldiers also gathered in Leicester to pay their respect to the dead and protest the Government's plan to merge regiments, as ITV Central reported.

A wreath was laid at the war memorial in Victoria Park in Leicester. Credit: ITV Central
An ex-serviceman pays his respect. Credit: ITV Central

Similar vigils, which are being organised by a Facebook group, were being held in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Cardiff, Southampton and at the Cenotaph in central London.

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