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Thousands turn out for South Tyneside Armed Forces Day

The parade marched along Sea Road into Bents Park in South Shields Photo:

People turned out in their thousands to support military organisations at South Shields seafront this Sunday (19 June) in South Tyneside.

A military parade and service followed by an action-packed family fun day took place at Bents Park on South Shields seafront as the Borough’s communities came together to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

More than 200 motorcyclists kick started the day with a special cavalcade along Sea Road.

Troops then marched into Bents Park where an open air church service, led by Rev Paul Kennedy, was held which ended with a two minute silence and the national anthem.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, and Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, carried out the inspection of the troops.

The Bad-Landers led the parade into Bents Park

The annual event, which is organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club in partnership with South Tyneside Council, aims to raise funds for military charities and awareness of the vital work carried out by the Armed Forces.

Councillor Ed Malcolm, South Tyneside Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity for local people to pay tribute to and remember the sacrifices made by our troops.

“This year’s event was particularly special as the public were able to view the Wreath of Respect which honours the memories of all those who have given so much in the past 100 years and continue to do so today.”