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Supporting the Armed Forces

South Tyneside will show its support for military organisations this Sunday (23 June) when people come together to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day, which is organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club in partnership with South Tyneside Council, will start with a cavalcade of over 500 motorbikes and scooters along the seafront at 9.45am.

At 10.20am troops will then march from Gypsies Green Stadium into Bents Park where an open air church service will be held and an inspection of the troops will take place.

This will be followed by a day of family fun in Bents Park where there will be live music, kiddies' fairground rides, charity stalls, a tombola and refreshments.

The Mayor, Councillor Norman Dick, who is also a veteran, said: "It will be a great privilege to represent the Borough at this year's Armed Forces Day and I will be very proud to take the salute.

"I am sure that the people of South Tyneside will come along and support the day in tribute to our dedicated Services personnel and enjoy a great family day out at the same time."

The annual event celebrates all things military from servicemen and women past and present to their families, veterans and cadets.

The event is open to the public until 5pm. A donation of £3 per person is requested from those attending, who will receive a commemorative wristband. Entry is free for children under 14 accompanied by an adult. All profits from the day go to Support our Soldiers which provides support for members of the British Armed Forces serving overseas and their families at home.

Organiser Joe Fairrie, of the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club, said: "Armed Forces Day is a key date in our calendar.

"The day provides an opportunity to remember the incredibly important contribution made by the armed forces community while having fun and raising valuable funds for a worthwhile cause. Last year we raised more than £10,000 so this year we are hoping to do just as well if not better."

Councillor Ed Malcolm, Chairman of the South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum, added: "Armed Forces Day is the perfect opportunity for people to come together and show their support for our military personnel.

"As well as celebrating all things military, it allows people to reflect on the great sacrifices made by the armed forces community whose work is so vital in the defence of our country."

A temporary road closure will be in place along Sea Road from around 9.30am to allow armed forces organisations to parade along to Bents Park. Signs will be in place along the route.

More information

For further information about South Tyneside Council's support for Armed Forces, see Armed forces support in South Tyneside.

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