Hundreds cheer troops in Nottingham parade

Military parade at Nottingham Castle
Image caption A military band marched from the castle to the city's main square

Hundreds of people have greeted servicemen in Nottingham during a march to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The parade is one of more than 350 events being held across the UK.

The city's Market Square was lined with people as troops and cadets arrived from Nottingham Castle.

Air Chief Marshall Simon Bryant attended the ceremony along with Sir Andrew Buchanan, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

A series of events are also planned for the city's Wollaton Park over the weekend including a Royal Artillery Gun Run and displays by several re-enactment societies.

The public will be able to visit displays from the Army cadets and various veteran's societies, as well as charities such as Help 4 Heroes, at the park.

Glen Lishman, a regimental sergeant major of the 73rd Royal Engineers Regiment, said: "I know everyone on parade will have a sense of worth and pride... and to be thanked publicly by members of the public is a very positive thing."

Organisers said the annual event had been established to give people the chance to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community, including serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets.

Among other cities joining Nottingham in hosting events are Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Plymouth, Bristol and Manchester.

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