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Red Arrows fly-past marks Armed Forces Day in Nottingham

The Red Arrows fly-past over Nottingham
Image caption The Red Arrows helped open Armed Forces Day in Nottingham
Ministry of Defence of the Red Arrows, led by a Sentinel aircraft from No5 Squadron based at RAF Waddington,
Image caption The Red Arrows were led by a Sentinel aircraft from No5 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft perform a fly past during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham.
Image caption The Arrows display was followed by a Typhoon fly-past
Armed forces troops on parade
Image caption On the ground, troops paraded from Nottingham Castle through the city centre
The parade in Old Market Square
Image caption The parade passed through the city to Old Market Square
Armed forces veterans prepare for a parade from Nottingham Castle during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham city centre.
Image caption Armed forces veterans from across the UK joined in the parade
Armed forces veterans prepare for a parade from Nottingham Castle during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham city centre.
Image caption Nottingham was chosen to host the event for the first time
Armed forces veterans prepare for a parade from Nottingham Castle during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham city centre.
Image caption About 60,000 people were expected to view the ceremonies
Gurkha veterans prepare for a parade from Nottingham Castle during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham city centre.
Image caption Gurkhas were among the many veterans present

A Red Arrows fly-past and a gun salute marked the start of Armed Forces Day in Nottingham.

The national event, which is designed to celebrate the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force (RAF), is being held in the city for the first time.

About 60,000 people are expected to view the ceremonies taking place throughout Saturday.

The programme includes a display of Battle of Britain memorabilia and a parade from Nottingham Castle.

'Spectacular display'

More than 150 service personnel, two military bands and 14 horses from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery are taking part in the parade, as well as 90 marching cadets and veterans from across the UK.

Major Mark Edward, commanding officer of the King's Troop, said: "We have a dozen horses and soldiers taking part in the parade.

"We will also perform a version of the Musical Drive at the Victoria Embankment with four gun teams, so a spectacular display of horses and soldiers galloping around at great speed."

Military wife Sally Wagstaff was among those watching the event.

"It's a huge thing and it's really lovely the role of the armed forces is being recognised," she said.

"It's lovely to see all the military get together."

There will be a landing on the Victoria Embankment by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will close the day.

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