South Tyneside to show its support for heroes on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day organised by Bad-landers Motorcycle Club at Bents Park, South Shields
Armed Forces Day organised by Bad-landers Motorcycle Club at Bents Park, South Shields

Thousands of people are expected to show their support for military organisations in South Tyneside.

The annual military parade and service – as well as a range of family activities –is held in Bents Park, on South Shields seafront on Sunday, as people come together to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day shows our troops that people do value their work.

Joe Fairrie, chairman of the Bad-Landers

The day will start with a cavalcade of more than 200 motorcyclists riding along Sea Road to Bents Park, at about 9.30am.

At 10am troops will then march from Gypsies Green Stadium into Bents Park, where an open-air church service, led by Rev Kennedy, will be held.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, will be invited to carry out an inspection of the troops.

The annual event, which is organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club, in partnership with South Tyneside Council, aims to raise awareness of the vital work done by the Armed Forces and funds for military charities.

The Bad-Landers fun day officially opens after the service with entertainment including live bands, face painting, street entertainers and a fun fair. There will also be classic cars, scooters and motorbikes.

Joe Fairrie, chairman of the Bad-Landers, said: “As well as raising valuable funds for military charities, Armed Forces Day is important because it shows our troops that people do value the commitment and dedication of our military, both past and present.

“When you have lost loved ones or are laying your life on the line every day, knowing that people recognise and appreciate the work you do, is incredibly important.”