Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Hundreds mark Armed Forces day in the Isle of Man

Military personnel, veterans and cadets have taken part in a parade in the Isle of Man to mark Armed Forces day.

Hundreds of people lined Douglas promenade to watch and show their appreciation for representatives of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Army.

Some of the Manx servicemen taking part have recently returned from active service in Afghanistan.

A service of commemoration led by Archdeacon Andy Brown followed the parade at the Villa Marina in Douglas.

Veteran, Hector Duff said: "It was amazing to see how many people came to clap and cheer us on.

"It was more of a stroll than a march. There were hundreds and hundreds of children. It is so heart warming that they came to show their appreciation."

Brigadier Norman Butler, chairman of the Armed Forces Day committee, added: "To have our Manx troops back at home, marching proudly in uniform alongside our veterans makes it a very special day."

The day is designed to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Similar events have been taking place across the UK, with this year's national event being held in Nottingham.

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