Sheffield honours the armed forces

paradeRB'Armed Forces Parade in Sheffield City Centre'Cadets and veterans parade through the centre of Sheffield
paradeRB'Armed Forces Parade in Sheffield City Centre'Cadets and veterans parade through the centre of Sheffield

VETERANS and serving members of the army, navy and air force marched through Sheffield city centre on the fourth Armed Forces Day.

Relatives and others watched as a parade led by Woodhouse Brass Band made its way to the Peace Gardens where Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley led a short ceremony.

Displays, demonstrations and other activities were staged across the city centre. A climbing wall was set up for children on Fargate.

In Fargate, passers-by heard the declaration of war and passers-by were ordered to “put that light out” as part of an evocation of the Second World War.

A 40s-style variety show was held featuring Sheffield-based Dame Vera Lynn tribute artist Lorrie Brown singing songs such as We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover.

The show also included tributes to Al Jolson, George Formby and the Andrews Sisters.

Armed Forces Day was launched to raise public awareness of the contribution made by the armed forces and to give the nation an opportunity to show its support for everybody from serving troops and service families to veterans and cadets.

Parades were held across the country and the national focus was on Edinburgh, which was chosen as the host city for Armed Forces Day.