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Celebrating the Armed Forces Community

South Tyneside showed its support for military organisations at this year's Armed Forces Day.

The day was organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club in partnership with South Tyneside Council and started with a cavalcade of more than 500 motorbikes and scooters along the seafront.

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

The Mayor, Councillor Norman Dick, who is a veteran who served in the Armed Forces for ten years, said: "It was a very proud moment for me to take the salute at this year's Armed Forces Day and enjoyable for me to see things from 'the other side.'

"The day is a fitting tribute to the Borough's Armed Forces community and gives people the chance to reflect on the amazing work they do to keep our country safe.

"It was good to see so many people enjoy a fun-filled family day out while supporting our military personnel, past and present.

"It is so important to show our troops that people do value their commitment and once again, the people of South Tyneside didn't disappoint."

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

Organiser Joe Fairrie, of the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club, said: "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."

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."


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