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Hundreds turn out to finish soldier walk

People gathered at the Senedd for the final stretch of the 870 mile walk Credit: Nicola Hendy/ITV Wales

Hundreds of people have gathered at the Senedd for the end of Walk on Wales - a charity trek by soldiers, family and friends.

11 relay teams have taken part in the walk which began on 25th August and travelled around the Welsh coastal path.

Walk on Wales is a charity set up by two veteran Welsh guards who served in the Falklands War.

The baton is inscribed with the names of the 50 Welsh Guardsmen who have died serving their country since the end of the Second World War.

The charity hopes to raise £1m for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress.

Walk on Wales: forces fundraising from Chester to Flint

They call it the Walk on Wales - a trek by soldiers, families and friends - hundreds of miles around our coastline. The final destination is back in Cardiff with - they hope - a million pounds raised for forces' charities.

Today they set off from Chester on the North Wales leg of the tour - a platoon of walkers with t-shirts and sponsorship forms.

Rob Shelley was there to see them off....

Read: 870-mile walk begins in Cardiff

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Walk on Wales: stage two of forces walk begins in Chester

Today's stage began at Chester Racecourse

The second stage of a 870-mile charity walk around the Wales Coastal Path began today.

The walk aims to raise £1million for the charities Combat Stress and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

It's been organised by Walk on Wales, a charity set up by two Falklands veterans.

The walk aims to raise £1m for forces charities Credit: Twitter: @WalkOnWales

Fundraising walk held 'to remember and help' soldiers

Former Welsh Guards Officer Jan Koops is one of a small group planning to walk the entire 870-mile stretch of the Wales Coastal Path to raise money for forces charities.

This is a very personal journey of remembrance for me. It's a pilgrimage that I have wanted to do for many years.

I hope that this walk will allow us to acknowledge those who died and help those who are in need.

– Jan Koops

The fundraising walk began today at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Walk on Wales: 870-mile walk begins in aid of soldiers

The 870-mile walk around the Wales Coastal Path aims to raise £1 million to help our troops

An 870-mile charity walk around Wales in aid of our soldiers has set off from the Senedd this afternoon.

The fundraiser has been organised by Walk on Wales - a charity set up by Falklands veterans Captain Jan Koops and LSgt Dai Graham.

The walk aims to raise £1 million for the charities Combat Stress and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

Eleven relay teams will walk the entire length of the Wales Coastal Path carrying a specially commissioned silver baton.

The baton is inscribed with the names of the 50 Welsh Guardsmen who have died serving their country since the end of the Second World War.

A small minority of those taking part will walk the entire 870-mile stretch.

Military radio contract safeguards Oakdale jobs

The contract for military radios will safeguard jobs at the Oakdale factory.

A new multimillion-pound contract for the maintenance of British troops' battlefield radios will secure 150 jobs at General Dynamics' site in Oakdale, south Wales.

The MoD has awarded a £45m maintenance contract for the armed forces' Bowman radio, a secure digital voice and data system which allows frontline soldiers to communicate with colleagues and commanders on the ground, at sea or in the air, and is said to play a vital role in Afghanistan.

Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology Philip Dunne said, "General Dynamics have a proven record of delivering high-quality support services to our armed forces."

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Two 'Military Personnel' die in Brecon Beacons

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that two 'Military Personnel' have died during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons. It happened on Saturday. Investigations have began. In a statement in they said

The MOD can confirm that it is working with Dyfed Powys Police to investigate an incident during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons on Saturday in which two members of military personnel died. The two servicemen’s next of kin have been informed. More information will be released in due course but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage. Any further enquiries should be referred to Dyfed Powys Police

– Ministry of Defence

Cardiff military parade marks Armed Forces Day

More than a thousand serving military personnel have marched through Cardiff to mark Armed Forces Day. They joined veterans for the parade which began at Cardiff Castle.

The First Minister has said that we owe the military an "immense debt of gratitude".

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that a memorial will be built to commemorate all those who've lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Dean Thomas reports.

Activities for Armed Forces Day

The South Wales Armed Forces Day in Cardiff has become an important annual event which has grown both in Armed Forces, Veterans and their family's involvement and the support and attendance of the general public. I would like to thank everyone who has helped make it possible. The spectacular displays and activities make the day a fantastic family day out.

– Dave Morris, event organiser
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