Sheffield soldiers past and present honoured in army parade

On parade at the Armed Forces and Armed Forces and Veterans Dayeterans day in the Peace Gardens.

On parade at the Armed Forces and Armed Forces and Veterans Dayeterans day in the Peace Gardens.

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VETERANS who fought in World War Two marched alongside young cadets when Sheffield honoured its servicemen and women.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Peace Gardens in the city centre to show their support and watch a parade featuring members of Sheffield’s British Legion branches, Yorkshire regiments of the Armed Forces and the Territorial Army.

The procession began in Millennium Square and included a group of Sheffield men who served in Normandy, proudly wearing their Army medals and accompanied by the standards of their regiments.

Soldiers from past and present conflicts also marched in time to rousing military tunes played by the Woodhouse Prize Band.

The parade took place ahead of the national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.

Fred Powell, chairman of the Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations, said the event was a ‘very special day’.

Mr Powell, who fought in World War Two in North Africa and the Far East, said: “I’m privileged that I’m one of the Sheffield veterans.

“I’m very proud to wear this little white badge that means so much to me.

“We must mark this occasion specially, because represented here is the Second World War up to Afghanistan.”

He also drew attention to this year’s 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, saying the conflict must never be forgotten.

Coun Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council, also addressed the crowds in the Peace Gardens.

“The event is an opportunity for the nation to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community,” she said.

“It’s our chance to join together and thank our service personnel, veterans, volunteers and cadets.”

The parade was followed by a medal-giving ceremony at the Town Hall, while crowds were treated to period dance music and entertainment.

Representatives from local military organisations also ran displays and demonstrations in Fargate and Barker’s Pool. Kids even got the chance to scale a climbing wall.