Watch the Armed Forces Day celebrations get underway in Hartlepool

The work and contribution of the country's servicemen and women has been celebrated in Hartlepool today.

In honour of the national event, a parade and service were held to pay tribute to those who put their lives on the line to protect their country.

The parade, which was attended by members of the public, the town's mayor Coun Rob Cook, and MP Iain Wright, took place in Victory Square, Victoria Road.

Speaking to the Mail as the events got underway, Coun Cook said: "It's very important to be here, it's something we celebrate every year and I have been looking forward to it very much."

The words of All People That On Earth Do Dwell, Onward, Christian Soldiers and Jerusalem rang out across Hartlepool as many got involved in the celebrations and service.

Mr Wright, MP, added: "It's right that we celebrate the contribution of our servicemen and women.

Armed Forces Day in Hartlepool.

Armed Forces Day in Hartlepool.

"I think Remembrance Sunday is a time when you have to be solemn and you have to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice but this is a time to celebrate and to recognise the positive contribution our servicemen and women provide to our country."