Hundreds turn out to mark Armed Forces Day in South Shields

A convoy of bikers and members of the armed forces were welcomed into a seafront park by hundreds of people who lined the route to honour those who risk their lives to protect our country.

The sun was shining as the spectacular cavalcade of motorbikes made its way along Sea Road, from Sunderland, and into the Bents Park, to mark Armed Forces Day

The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun., Ken Stephenson inspecting Army Caedts at the Annual Armed Forces Day at Bents Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun., Ken Stephenson inspecting Army Caedts at the Annual Armed Forces Day at Bents Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

They were followed by armed forces personnel and representatives from South Tyneside’s cadets forces.

The event, organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club in partnership with South Tyneside Council, took place ahead of the official Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday.

Now n it’s 10th year, the event has helped to raise thousands of pounds for armed forces charities.

The day included an inspection of the troops by the Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Ken Stephenson, a two-minute silence, marked by the Last Post and a moving open-air service led by Father John Miller which ended with the National Anthem.

It is brilliant when you see things like this

Coun Stephenson

Activities within the park were then opened to the public to enjoy.

Information on the range of opportunities with the armed forces were also available for those interested in a career in either the regular or the reservists.

Coun Stephenson said: “It has been a great morning. It has been amazing to see the amount of support there is for our armed forces and for this event.

“It makes me so proud to represent South Tyneside at such a great event and it makes it more special that it is almost 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Annual Armed Forces Day at Bents Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

Annual Armed Forces Day at Bents Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

“It is brilliant when you see things like this.”

Youngsters were able to try out the climbing wall, climb inside armed forces vehicles and enjoy a host of small fairground rides.

A number of charities were also represented on the day. There was also live music on the day to entertain the visitors that packed out the park.

Joe Fairrie, chairman of the Bad-Landers MCC said: “This is the 10th year we have held this event.

“I would just like to say thank you to all those in the motorcycle community and coalition for their support as this is how the event has started. I’d also like to thank the Armed Forces and everyone who has turned out to support the event.”
As well as attractions linked to the Armed Forces, visitors were able to take a walk around an array of bikes and classic cars on display.