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A show of support for the forces; ARMED FORCES DAY.

MIDDLESBROUGH will show its support for the UK's service personnel and veterans when the town's Centre Square plays host to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 29.

Armed Forces Day is a national celebration of local support for the military with this year's event building on February's TA Live event.

Middlesbrough's celebrations will include a parade, pipe band performance and a variety of demonstrations, activities and entertainment.

The day runs from 10am to 4pm and is open to all.

The celebration - formerly known as Veterans' Day - has been developed to reflect the wider role of the UK Armed Forces in the life of the nation and its local communities, and their involvement in ongoing conflicts around the globe.

Highlights of the day will include a parade of service veterans, Air Sea and Army Cadets, the Yorkshire Regiment, ACF Corps drums, military standards, veterans, local army and cadet units, with a salute taken by a civic party.

A bagpiper and corps drums will provide musical entertainment in the morning, with the Band of the Corps of Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (REME) performing in the afternoon. During the event films will be shown on the Big Screen in Centre Square, and military personnel will lay on displays and demonstrations of equipment, vintage military vehicles and training exercises.

Those attending will be able to try their hand at paintballing, climbing and an obstacle course, while a range of stallholders will include the Cleveland Air Training Corps, the Teesside Parachute Regimental Association, SSAFA, the Royal British Legion, the Yorkshire Regiment, Support Our Troops, Rathbone and the RAF Recruiting Office.

Councillor Ron Arundale, Middlesbrough Council's Armed Forces Champion, said: "Middlesbrough and the whole Teesside area has proud and historic links with our armed forces, and that continues with our close relationship with the Yorkshire Regiment.

"Armed Forces Day is our chance to show our support for these heroes - everyone from the newest recruit to the oldest veteran.

"There should be something for everyone, and I hope as many people as possible come along to support this special day."

| OTHER events will be held throughout Teesside, including tomorrow, when the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Kathryn Nelson, will attend a service of thanksgiving from 9.30am to 10.30am for the armed forces at Stockton Parish Church. After the service, Stockton High Street will host displays and information stands offering people the chance to find out about the past, present and future of the armed forces.

Stockton's celebrations end on Saturday, July 6, with a fun Duck Race which will raise funds for The Rifles Care for Casualties, The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust and 1 Close Support Battalion REME, to help wounded personnel. Meanwhile the sights and sounds of wartime Britain will help Redcar celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday. A parade of ex-services associations, standard bearers, veterans and cadet forces will march along Redcar High Street to begin celebrations.

The parade will march from the blue clock to the iconic main clock for the official opening, at 10.30am, of Armed Forces Day by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Vic Jefferies.

| Find out more about Armed Forces Day at htwww.armedforcesday.org.uk

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SHOWING SUPPORT: From left - Captain David Hamilton; Stephen Mortiboy, vice chairman of the Middlesbrough branch of the Royal British Legion; Councillor Ron Arundale and Captain Brian Durlik
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 26, 2013
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