Salute to Armed Forces

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VETERANS and serving members of the Armed Forces marched with their heads held high through the streets of Sheffield to celebrate the city’s military history.

Crowds of relatives and supporters watched as hundreds of former members of the Army, Navy and Air Force took part in Armed Forces Day, being held for the fourth year to honour people who fought in conflicts and current members of the armed forces.

Armed Forces Parade in Sheffield City Centre'Cadets and veterans parade through the centre of Sheffield

Armed Forces Parade in Sheffield City Centre'Cadets and veterans parade through the centre of Sheffield

Well-drilled young cadets also represented the next generation of Sheffield servicemen and women.

As the Town Hall clock struck noon the parade, which had formed in Millennium Square, set off, led by Woodhouse Brass Band and Parade Marshal Vince McDonagh, secretary of the Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations.

The parade took in Surrey Street and went past the Town Hall before finishing at the Peace Gardens, where Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, led a short ceremony to mark the occasion and thank those involved.

Visitors also got the chance to dance up a storm to wartime music with a 40s variety show.

Sheffield-based Dame Vera Lynn tribute artist Lorrie Brown took the audience on a trip down memory lane, singing songs from the era such as We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover.

The show also included tributes to entertainer Al Jolson, George Formby and the Andrews Sisters.

Displays and interactive activities were also run by Armed Forces and reserve services members, as they showed off their skills and invited visitors to join in.

Kids were able to challenge their agility on a climbing wall on Fargate, as well as taking part in exercises to test their hand-eye co-ordination.

Armed Forces Day honours the contribution made by current members of the Armed Forces, and veterans of all ages, differing from Remembrance Day, which commemorates those who have died.

Events took place around the country on Saturday - in Windsor, Berkshire, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, carried out her first military duty as a Royal, handing out medals to Afghanistan war heroes.

In Edinburgh a parade was led by Prince Charles and Camilla.