Call for community to turn out for parade in South Shields in support of Armed Forces

Men and women who risk their lives to serve their country in the armed forces are to be honoured at a special event and fun day.

Wednesday, 20th June 2018, 6:00 am
A previous procession to mark Armed Forces Day

Hundreds of people are expected to line Sea Road, South Shields, on Sunday as more than 300 motorcycles take part in an annual cavalcade to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The riders will lead a parade of military personnel, accompanied by the pipes and drums, into the Bents Park where an inspection of the troops will take place and an open air church service is held.

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

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Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ken Stephenson, said: “The event is a fitting tribute to our servicemen and women, and the wider Armed Forces community, and a chance for us all to show our support for troops and recognise the enormous commitment and sacrifices they make.

“We are keen to encourage the whole community to join us on the day in celebrating our armed forced community.”

Throughout the day, entertainment will be provided by a series of live bands, stalls, a fun fair and motorbike custom show. Other attractions include an exhibition of motorbikes, scooters, classic cars and military vehicles.

The event is supported by the 205 Battery RA (V), Royal British Legion, Durham Light Infantry Association and SSAFA – the armed forces charity.

Organiser Joe Fairrie, of the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club, said: “Every year, we look forward to joining the people of South Tyneside in supporting our troops past and present and acknowledging the risks the armed forces take to keep us safe. Money raised throughout the day also goes a long way to supporting military charities. Last year we raised more than £10,000, which was fantastic.”

The event starts at 10am. Entry to the park is £3.