Two of our region's towns are celebrating the role our armed forces play a week ahead of national celebrations.

Rotherham is having various stalls and entertainment as well as a parade through the town centre by serving troops, reservists, veterans and cadets. The event comes after Rotherham Borough Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant earlier this year, which means the authority pledges to help service people adapt into civilian life when leaving the armed forces.

Armed Forces Day has always been well-supported here in Rotherham and I am quite sure this will be repeated again this year. Members of the public are invited to show their support and appreciation of our forces, who do a fantastic job around around the world promoting peace, providing security and preventing terrorism. Thanks to them we can continue to enjoy freedom and democracy.**

More than 15,000 people are also expected in Scarborough as displays, parades and games take place on the seafront.

We decided to move the date for Scarborough's Armed Forces Day forward by a week to allow us the best chance of securing the kind of displays people have told us they want to see in the town. Planning for next year's event has started in earnest and we are excited at the prospects in store. Hopefully this Armed Forces Day will be another incredible success for Scarborough and the local economy, and a fitting tribute to the men and women who serve or have served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces.

Events will include an aeronautical display by The Blades team, a joint sea exercise between HMS Explorer, Scarborough Lifeboat and a RAF Sea King helicopter and parade along the seafront.