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Locals came together on Sunday in aid of the Armed Forces at Redcar Racecourse's Help For Heroes Family Fun Day. 

The annual event supported Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, and The Felix Fund, a bomb disposal charity based in Catterick Garrison. 

Over 3,500 people from across the North East attended the successful day out which included bouncy castles, climbing walls, assault courses and the Crow's Fair funfair. 

Alongside the eight races, the armed service standard bearers held a parade down the race track to remember all those who served in the forces. The crowds of racegoers showed their respects with a two minute silence. 

The parade was led by Eric Howden, Chairman of Redcar Royal British Legion, who was a member of the Royal Army Ordinance Corps serving in Germany and Singapore. 

Eric commented: "This is a very important year for the armed services, being the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, the 100th anniversary of the Somme, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and the 70th anniversary of VE and VJ days.  It's a very unique year for our armed services!"

As well as friends and families, a number of serving and former armed service personnel attended the event including members of the Royal Logistics Corps, the Yorkshire Regiment, the Merchant Navy, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Artillery, and the Armed Forces Bikers. 

Serving and former military personnel were granted free entry into the racecourse in recognition of their service. 

Amy Fair, general manager of Redcar Racecourse said: "Our Help for Heroes Family Fun Day is always a huge success and we are always very proud to support such good causes.  It was lovely to see such a great turnout of standard bearers and cadets in the parade and the racecourse was eerily quiet as racegoers showed their respect during the two minute silence."

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