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Parents of solider killed in Afghanistan are special guests at Armed Forces Day parade

The town of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders has been marking Armed Forces Day. Hundreds turned out for the Parade of Colours which also raised money for a charity helping homeless former soldiers. It's the fourth time a parade has taken place in the town.

The parents of Guardsman Michael Sweeney from Blyth, who served with the Coldstream Guards, and was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 were special guests. His mother Kim said parades and fundraising for soldiers 'helped keep his memory alive'.

Flag raising for Armed Forces

The flag at Penrith Credit: ITV Border

A flag raising ceremony has taken place in Penrith the raise awareness for Armed Forces day this coming Saturday. It coincided with similar events acros the UK.

A standard bearer at the ceremony Credit: ITV Border

Council Chairman Keith Morgan said:

“We are always delighted to proudly fly the flag to celebrate Armed Forces Day, which symbolises the contribution the Armed Forces have and continue to make to our country.

"We are delighted that members of The Royal British Legion joined with Eden Councillors, many of whom proudly served in HM Armed Forces to mark the occasion,”

One of the veterans at the ceremony Credit: ITV Border

The Reverend John Oliver, President of Penrith and District Branch Royal British Legion said. “As a previous member of Her Majesty’s forces I know that it is always a moral booster to know that you have the support of the general public whilst carrying out your duty to your country."

A small service was held Credit: ITV Border

He added: "Showing our support in this way and continuing as we the Members of the Royal British Legion do, to stand Shoulder to Shoulder with all who Serve and have served we show our appreciation for the difficult tasks that our Armed Forces are asked to perform on our behalf.”

The flag will fly until Armed Forces Day Credit: ITV Border


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