Naval head celebrates Armed Forces Day in Manchester

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope
Image caption First Sea Lord Sir Mark Stanhope will pay tribute to Manchester veterans

Events have taken place across Greater Manchester to mark Armed Forces Day and remember military personnel who have died in conflicts.

The head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope met veterans on parade in Albert Square.

The Band of the Lifeguards performed to crowds and two ceremonial guns were on display.

Mass military fitness workouts have been staged in Piccadilly Gardens.

Maj David Cook, who organises Army events across the North West, said: "It's society taking note of what the armed forces do and using it as an opportunity to raise money for the armed forces charities.

"It's a collective thank you and recognition of what's being done by the armed forces at the moment and in the past."

Street theatre

In Wigan, veterans and cadets paraded through Leigh town centre and an event including stalls, displays and a Spitfire flight simulator was staged at Leigh Sports Village until 1600 BST.

Tameside celebrations took place in Victoria Park, Denton, after a short parade from Denton Town Hall to the park's war memorial.

In Bolton Victoria Square was taken over by military vehicles, parades and street theatre.

The Fusilier Museum in Bury offered free admission to all visitors as a mark of respect.

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