Veterans and cadets join together in Hartlepool to pay respects on Armed Forces Day

Tug Wilson prepares the parade party at the start of the Armed Forces Day Service.

Tug Wilson prepares the parade party at the start of the Armed Forces Day Service.

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Hartlepool hosted a parade to show its thanks to the servicemen and women who risk their lives for our liberty.

The town’s marina was the venue for this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Organised by the Combined Ex-Servicemen’s Association with support from the council, the parade gathered at the car park near the Jackson’s Wharf pub at the Marina.

The parade marched to the Hartlepool Maritime Experience for a short service before falling out on their return.

Yesterday’s event featured the standards of the Woman’s Royal Army Corps, the Royal Artillery, RAF, Royal British Legion, Royal Corps of Transport and the Royal Navy.

Tug Wilson, of the association, said: “We had the Reservists, 48 veterans and then the sea cadets, army cadets and for the first time the police cadets.

“They all stood very proud.”