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South Tyneside Supports Armed Forces

Media items: 26248,26249,26250,26251,26252Thousands of people showed 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 took place in Bents Park on South Shields seafront as people came together to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day got off to a roaring start with a cavalcade of more than 200 motorcyclists riding along Sea Road to Bents Park.

Troops then marched into Bents Park where an open air church service, led by Rev Kennedy, was held. The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, carried out an inspection of the troops.

The Mayor said: "It was a huge honour for me to represent the Borough at this important event.

"The day was a great success with families having fun while, at the same time, remembering the amazing work of our 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 has become a key highlight in our calendar of events and is a wonderful opportunity for local people to pay their respects and remember the sacrifices made by our troops.

"I'm delighted that so many people came along to support the worthwhile cause and show members of the Armed Forces that we appreciate the work they do."

The Bad-Landers fun day saw a range of entertainment including live bands, face painting, street entertainers and a fun fair. There were also 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."

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