Redcar welcomed the sun, blue skies, and big crowds as the town paid its respects to members of the Armed Forces at the weekend.

Veterans and serving members of the Army, Air Force and Navy attended the annual Armed Forces Day event on Redcar High Street as their hard work and sacrifice was commemorated.

The day began with an Introduction by Mr Eric Howden, Chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Redcar Branch and a welcome address to all the attendees by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Brenda Forster before the Mayor greeted parading personnel.

Those on parade, who were spoken to by the Mayor, included Caroline Willis, an Army veteran who is the youngest ever veteran to parade in Redcar. Caroline, who is from Redcar, was joined by father Jimmy who is also an Army veteran.

Mayor Brenda Forster said: “It was a wonderful event and I am very grateful that so many members of the public could come down to Redcar and show their appreciation to the loyalty displayed by the men and women in our military.

“I was very pleased to be able to talk to veterans, including Caroline and her father, and serving members of the Armed Forces to thank them personally for everything they have done for our country.”

Later, in the afternoon, Cadet Forces from the Navy, Army and RAF, competed on the High Street to claim honour as the best drilled branch of the Forces and crowds were captivated by a drill from the Standard Bearers.

Events didn’t just take place on the ground as a vintage Spitfire wowed the crowds with a display of daring aerobatics on the sea front before the event was closed by Evening Colours.


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