Picture special: Thousands turn out for Armed Forces Day in South Tyneside

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The people of South Tyneside turned out in force today to pay tribute to Britain's armed forces.

The borough marked Armed Forces Day a week early with a colourful military parade and service, followed by a family fun day at Bents Park on South Shields seafront.

Army cadets step out in the sun as South Tyneside celebrates Armed Forces Day 2017. Pic: Tim Richardson.

Army cadets step out in the sun as South Tyneside celebrates Armed Forces Day 2017. Pic: Tim Richardson.

The event was organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club in partnership with South Tyneside Council.

Readers filled our Facebook page with messages about how proud they were of our military men and women - and they reception they got in South Shields this morning.

Julie Carter said: "Well done to all the forces, they do us proud."

Marion Scott Butler added: "Just watched them passing our house, waving to everyone. So proud, have to admit it brought a tear. We have a lot to be proud of in our country."

And Martin Wood wrote: "Respect to all those who do their bit or have served in the armed forces. The community of South Shields and surrounding areas never fail to support such amazing causes."