Crowds gather for Armed Forces Day

Armed Force Day parade in Halifax
Armed Force Day parade in Halifax
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Thousands of people lined the streets and packed the Piece Hall to mark National Armed Forces Day.

The parade began outside Halifax Town Hall at noon this afternoon and was lead the West Yorkshire Police band.

They began marching from the Town Hall down Princess Street, with members of the public applauding them as they passed, before turning left into Horton Street towards the Piece Hall.

Once there, service veterans and cadets line-up in front of the stage where the Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy, who had walked in the procession with his wife Janet, gave a speech to the huge crowd.

The band then played the national anthem before the parade moved on to Halifax Minster.

There was a 1940’s theme day in the Piece Hall, with stalls and performances on stage from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Band, the West End Girls, and a 1940s fashion show.

Coun Hardy said: “Members of the Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment are presently bravely working day by day in Afghanistan and our hopes and prayers are with them as they serve our country and the armed forces.

“The Duke of Wellington Regiment will return to this country later this year and we look forward to welcoming them back and showing them our appreciation for their courage and fortitude.”

Cllr Hardy also paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives from Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in March.

“Today is a day when we can say thank you to those who served with the armed forces in the past and the present. May God bless them all.”