Military heroes take salute from people of Leeds

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Thousands of people from across Leeds turned out for an event that saluted the bravery of the country’s military heroes.

Residents of all ages flocked to yesterday’s event in Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street as part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

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They enjoyed a programme of military-themed entertainment that included a Spitfire flyover and a parade by The 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

Ex-servicemen proudly stepping out included 92-year-old Sam Cowley, from Rothwell.

One of those manning a stall at the event was Paul Thompson, of the Yorkshire Malayan and Borneo Veterans Association.

Mr Thompson, 69, from Yeadon, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The day was wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for any more.

“The crowd was estimated at around 15,000 at the time of the Spitfire flyover.”

Also present was the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Judith Chapman, who said: “It was a real privilege to join a big crowd as our city came together to thank and pay tribute to all of our serving personnel and veterans on Armed Forces Day.

“It was great to see so many people of all ages turn out and have such a great time.”

Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment also paid a special visit to TV soap Emmerdale’s Woolpack pub on Friday.

They handed over their regimental emblem, which will now be on display at the show’s set at Kirkstall Road in Leeds.

Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard in the series, said: “Your plaque will take pride of place in The Woolpack to remind us of the mettle and commitment from such a regiment.”

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