Armed Forces Day – Cleethorpes 2016

Out and about at the National Armed Forces Day event in Cleethorpes. Armed Forces Day is an annual event that gives an opportunity for the country to show its support for the men and women in the British Armed Forces.

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Trust, Courage and Team Spirit

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate in North Yorkshire trains the soldiers of the future. School-leavers aged between 16 and 17 years and five months of age are eligible to attend the AFC which offers young men and women the opportunity to continue learning as they build their military skills and experience more of the Army life they have chosen.

Today saw over 600 of the Junior Soldiers graduate from the Army Foundation College following a year of undergoing military skills training, vocational qualifications and City and Guilds apprenticeships. Following the parade which, other than Trooping of the Colour in London, is the largest in Europe the Junior Soldiers will go on to complete their ‘phase two’ special-to-arm training for their respective regiments or corps before then joining their units to continue with their military careers.

From drawing their weapons out of the armoury first thing in the morning to the final tweaks to their uniforms ensuring that everything is perfect. To a final bit of packing as they head off on leave after the parade. To farewell hugs with strangers who became friends who they now know better than their own family and finally to a proud march onto the Regimental Square…today I went ‘behind the scenes’ with 19 (Kohima) Platoon as they carried out last minute preparations on their kit and uniform ahead of the parade in front of parents and family members and readied themselves for the most important parade and one of the most important miles stones of their career to date…

 

Trust, Courage and Team Spirit‘ – Motto of AFC Harrogate

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Medal parade in Richmond

Soldiers from K (Hondeghem) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery paraded through the grounds of Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire today during a ceremony to present them with Afghanistan operational medals. The Battery held the parade to mark the end of the Regiment’s period of operations in Afghanistan and their deployment on Herrick 20.

It was the final Herrick medal parade from Regiment’s that are based in Catterick Garrison. Colonel Mike Kelly was the Inspecting Officer on the day and the musical accompaniment came from the Royal Armoured Corps band.

 

5th Regiment medal parade

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5th Regiment medal parade

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The Doncaster Parade

Around 250 soldiers from 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery marched through the streets of Doncaster today to mark their recent return from operations in Afghanistan. The troops were being given the freedom of the town and were also being presented with operational medals for their most recent tour in Afghanistan.

The soldiers were led through the town by 22 horses from the ceremonial King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The return of the soldiers from 1 RHA brings to an end a decade of constant deployment on operations by soldiers from the regiment.

 

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Elviss MBE RHA, the Commanding Officer of 1 RHA gives orders to the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers from the Regiment relax minutes before the parade begins in Doncaster

Soldiers march through DoncasterAn officer waits for the parade to begin

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Soldiers wait for orders at the start of the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterThe people in the town lined the streets, waving and clapping as the troops marched past

Soldiers march through DoncasterThe King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery lead the soldiers through Doncaster

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers carry out an ‘eye’s left’ as they march past the Mansion House in the centre of town

Soldiers march through DoncasterA couple of women enjoy a cuppa as the troops march past

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers march through the centre of Doncaster

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers parade outside Doncaster Civic Hall at the start of the medal parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers stand to attention during the medal parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterA medal bearer carries Afghanistan operational medals

Soldiers march through DoncasterAn officer stands with his sword during the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers stand to attention during the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterLabour leader Ed Miliband was an unexpected visitor to the parade as he visited constituents in the area

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers from 1 RHA on parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterThe Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr David Moody speaks to troops as he presents operational medals

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers ‘stand easy’ during the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterAn officer stands with his troops as the operational medals are presented

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Soldiers from 1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery prepare to leave the parade square at the end of the parade in Doncaster

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Middlesbrough Remembrance

Serving and former soldiers, Army cadets and members of the local community take part in a parade and service on Remembrance Sunday on November 10, 2013 in Middlesbrough, England. People all across the UK gathered to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.

 

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Middlesbrough Cenotaph

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Crosses of Remembrance

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

A woman lays a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

The shadows of soldiers standing on parade fall over the pavement

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Soldiers stand on parade during the Remembrance service

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Royal British Legion Standard bearers on parade

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

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Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Veterans watch the wreath laying take place at Middlesbrough Cenotaph

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

A young girl with a homemade poppy watches the service from behind a barrier

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

A former soldier stands on parade

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

A veteran takes the salute as the troops march past after the service

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Neil Taylor from Middlesbrough. A former soldier with the Royal Pioneer Corps

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

A Royal British Legion Standard bearer takes part in the Remembrance service

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

A young boy runs across the road to his Dad as the march past begins at the end of the service

Middlesbrough Remembrance Service

Soldiers, veterans and Cadets take part in a final march past after the Remembrance service in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Remembrance ServiceA young boy reads the names of crosses of Remembrance

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