News story: Nottingham hosts fifth annual Armed Forces Day

Ministry of Defence said:
As host of this year’s national Armed Forces Day event, the city of Nottingham is pulling out all the stops to make sure it is a day to remember.
This, the fifth Armed Forces Day, will begin with local reserve unit 100 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery firing a volley of gun blasts in a ‘feu du joie’ – ‘fire of joy’ – from Nottingham Castle.
A spectacular tri-Service parade will then step off and make its way from the Castle to the Old Market Square for a drumhead service attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Members of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment supporting Armed Forces Day [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan RLC, Crown copyright]The Red Arrows, performing in their 49th display season, will be seen flying over Nottingham as the Armed Forces Day parade marches through the city centre.
As the drumhead service concludes, current and historic aircraft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will fill the skies, including the RAF’s latest multi-role fast jet, the Typhoon.
Festivities will then continue with a programme of exciting entertainment at Victoria Embankment, including a dynamic display by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on the River Trent, and members of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team mounting the colourful aerial display for which they are famous.

Lance Corporal Joanna Brownlow from 16 Medical Regiment shows her support for Armed Forces Day [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]To close festivities, on a special visit to Nottingham, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will perform their celebrated Musical Ride with their troopers, horses and First World War guns.
The excitement isn’t just confined to Nottingham, with hundreds of events taking place from the Orkney Islands in Scotland to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
The Armed Forces Day website lists events being held right across the UK, searchable by postcode.


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