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Community turns out to support Armed Forces Day in town

Members of Durham Army Cadets Force at the Armed Forces day at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.
Members of Durham Army Cadets Force at the Armed Forces day at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

Members of an East Durham community turned out in their droves to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country.

This year’s Peterlee Armed Forces Day bash took place at The Pavilion in the town’s Helford Road amid blazing sunshine and clear skies.

Trying on parts of a soldiers kit are Ethan (9) and Grace (8) Leith, of Peterlee at the Armed Forces day at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

Trying on parts of a soldiers kit are Ethan (9) and Grace (8) Leith, of Peterlee at the Armed Forces day at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

As part of the celebrations there were battle re-enactments, singers, dancers as well as a weapons display and a parachute jump.

There were parades by air and army cadets too and a tribute to legendary Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

Mayor of Peterlee Coun Scott Meikle told the Mail: “It’s been fantastic.

“We were a bit worried about how many people would turn up when we were arranging things but there have been loads here.

Pictured with Bob Dunkley of World War 2 re-enactors, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, are l-r Max Hayward (5) Imogen Worthington (10) Jamie Sanderson (10) and Kara Hayward (8) at the  Armed Forces day at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

Pictured with Bob Dunkley of World War 2 re-enactors, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, are l-r Max Hayward (5) Imogen Worthington (10) Jamie Sanderson (10) and Kara Hayward (8) at the Armed Forces day at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t be able to put an exact figure on things but it’s been very busy.

“The parachutist got delayed but still managed to come down so that was a highlight.

“The whole event has been very well received by everyone.”

Coun Meikle added that organisers hope to grow the event year on year.

Members 1932 Blackhall Air Training Corps at their stand at the Armed Forces Day celebrations at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

Members 1932 Blackhall Air Training Corps at their stand at the Armed Forces Day celebrations at Helford Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.

“We’ve had people of all ages here from babies in prams right up the elderly,” he said.

“We’ve already got things booked in for next year and this coming week we’ll be planning on how to make things even better.”