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Show Your Support For The Armed Forces

Thousands of people are expected to show their support for military organisations this Sunday (21 June) in South Tyneside.

A military parade and service as well as a range of family activities are on offer in Bents Park on South Shields seafront as people come together to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day will start with a cavalcade of more than 200 motorcyclists riding along Sea Road to Bents Park at around 9.30am.

At 10am troops will then march from Gypsies Green Stadium into Bents Park where an open air church service, led by Rev Kennedy, will be held. The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, will be invited to carry out an inspection of the troops.

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

Councillor Ed Malcolm, South Tyneside Council's Armed Forces Champion, said: "Armed Forces Day is a wonderful opportunity for people to pay their respects and remember the sacrifices made by our troops.

"I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and get involved in this event. In addition to having a great family day out, those who attend will be supporting a worthwhile cause and showing members of the Armed Forces that we appreciate the work they do."

The Bad-Landers fun day officially opens following the service with entertainment including live bands, face painting, street entertainers and a fun fair. There will also be exhibitions of classic cars, scooters and motorbikes.

Joe Fairrie, Chairman of the Bad-Landers, said: "As well as raising valuable funds for military charities, Armed Forces Day is important because it shows our troops that people do value the commitment and dedication of our military, both past and present. When you have lost loved ones or are laying your life on the line every day, knowing that people recognise and appreciate the work you do is incredibly important."

Sea Road will be closed from 9.45am to 10.45am for the parade.

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