Crowds line the streets of Sheffield to pay tribute to forces

Some of the faces of Sheffield's Armed Forces & Vets Day
Some of the faces of Sheffield's Armed Forces & Vets Day
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Armed forces personnel past and present were recognised for their bravery and courage during a moving National Armed Forces and Veterans Day parade.

A marching band made up of servicemen and women, both serving and retired, as well as cadets, made its way from Norfolk Place to the Peace Gardens in Sheffield on Saturday.

The army cadets march through the Peace Gardens

The army cadets march through the Peace Gardens

It is the fifth year the national event has taken place.

Despite miserable weather, hundreds of members of the public turned out to watch and applaud the parade as it passed along Fargate and in front of the town hall.

Once it reached the Peace Gardens, Lord Mayor Vicki Priestley, Council leader Julie Dore, and the chair of the Sheffield and District Ex-Serivcemans Association addressed the veterans and the crowd.

Coun Priestley said: “This day is an opportunity to show our support for the men and woman of the armed forces and a chance to thank them and express our gratitude.

“Sheffield is proud of its forces personnel and the sacrifices they have made for our city and our country.”

Coun Dore said it was important Sheffield showed it was committed to acknowledging the work carried out by forces personnel.

“While we’re gathered here in this wonderful, free city, it’s sobering to think of those service men and woman on tour in Afghanistan, where at any moment they may come under fire or be the subject of a roadside bomb,” she said.

“We must commit this day and every day to serving our armed forces as well as they have served us.

“Because of that we have established a Community Covenant to encourage the local community to support the armed forces in their area and to recognise the sacrifices made.”

There were also a range of stalls and information points on Fargate throughout the day for members of the public to browse.