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Army Reserve recruit in Cardiff

Members of the public had the chance to speak to soldiers and get a real understanding of Army life at a recruitment event held at Cardiff Castle. Cardiff's Army Reserve units showcased a variety of the latest kit and equipment used by the military.

The event was designed to help boost the Army's nationwide recruitment drive. There are over 6,000 jobs on offer across several hundred different roles in the Army Reserve, from mechanics, to veterinary technicians and fitness instructors.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the Director of Army Recruiting and Training said, "Joining the Army Reserve is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to do something extra with their time and benefit from a rewarding experience outside of normal working hours.

"No matter what your skills or background, the Army Reserve has something to offer you. There is much more beyond military skill; it can take you abroad, equip you with new skills, give you invaluable experience and develop strengths you didn't know you had."

The Army Reserve typically train for one night per week and often at weekends plus, in many cases, attend an annual two week training exercise. The minimum commitment is generally 27 days training per annum, though it is 19 days for some specialist units.

1,500 Santas flock to Cardiff for charity jog

The 5k fundraising jog starts and finishes at Cardiff Castle Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA

Over a thousand people will jog around the Welsh capital wearing Santa suits today to raise money for British Heart Foundation Cymru.

They include a group of Cardiff Cadets jogging in memory of one of their members who died last year aged just 15, and a woman travelling from Liverpool to take part in memory of her sister who died of heart disease.

The 5k event starts and finishes at Cardiff Castle and aims to raise £40,000 for the charity.