Video: Flag day in Leeds ahead of salute for military heroes

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You’ll do us proud – that was the message to people in Leeds as preparations continued for this Saturday’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Judith Chapman, raised the Armed Forces Day flag at a ceremony held in Victoria Gardens today.

George Smith, president of the Yorkshire Malayan and Borneo Veterans Association.

George Smith, president of the Yorkshire Malayan and Borneo Veterans Association.

And she predicted the main event on Saturday would give the city’s residents the chance to show the special qualities that are being highlighted by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s new Love Leeds campaign.

Coun Chapman said it had been a “real privilege and honour” to raise the flag, adding: “The reception and support from the people of Leeds for Armed Forces Day is truly amazing.

“Members of our armed forces and veterans can be guaranteed another extremely big and warm welcome on Saturday.”

Coun Graham Hyde, Leeds City Council’s armed forces champion, said: “We are immensely proud of our city’s historic and rich links with our armed forces and are delighted therefore as a council to be playing a full part in Armed Forces Day, which is an event that the people of Leeds have really taken to their hearts.”

Also present at today’s ceremony was Paul Thompson, of the Yorkshire Malayan and Borneo Veterans Association.

Mr Thompson, 69, from Yeadon, told the YEP: “It’s fantastic when people turn out to show their appreciation for what has been done.”

Running from 11am to 4pm in Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street, Saturday’s free public event will feature everything from a 1940s-themed majorettes show to displays of military hardware such as a 24-tonne multiple launch rocket system.

The 4th Yorkshire Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment will also parade through the city after setting out from Millennium Square at 12.15pm.

And, weather permitting, the crowds will be treated to a spectacular Spitfire flyover at around 3.30pm.

Love Leeds has been launched to celebrate everything that is good about the city in the YEP’s 125th anniversary year.

We want to hear your views on why Leeds is one of the best places in the UK to work, rest and play.

Get involved by e-mailing paul.robinsons@ypn.co.uk or tweeting us @LeedsNews.

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