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Generations joined forces in Leeds to honour the contrbution of servicemen and women past and present.

Young cadets marched through the streets alongside veterans and serving soldiers to mark Armed Forces Day.

Veterans parade past Victoria Gardens in Leeds to mark Armed Forces Day. TJ100429c Picture by Tony Johnson

Veterans parade past Victoria Gardens in Leeds to mark Armed Forces Day. TJ100429c Picture by Tony Johnson

People cheered as they marched past the Town Hall as residents across the city united to honour the sacrifices and bravery of servicemen and women over the years.

Army veteran Terry Hogarth, 81, was among the crowds paying their respects.

Terry, from Guiseley, joined the Royal Engineers in 1951 and served in Egypt, Cyprus and Baghdad.

He said: “It has always been important to honour the work of the armed forces and they are something that we just can’t do without.

“To have parades like this just shows that people still care and this year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.

“My father was involved in World War One and my brother served in World War Two so it has always been a family affair.”

Dave Bellamy from 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers took to the skies and abseiled down the front of the Town Hall on Saturday morning to launch the city’s tribute to Armed Forces Day.

And Leeds’s historic link with the HMS Ark Royal, which was decommissioned in 2011, was also celebrated as the bell from the famous ship was on display.

Residents in the city raised a staggering £9m in 1942 to help build the third HMS Ark Royal.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreave, said that the ship has always had a special place in the hearts of residents.

He added: “People came here to show their respect for the armed forces whether it’s the army, the navy or the RAF.

“I think it is right that we remember what people sacrificed and what they have give up to provide us with the life we lead today.

“It is 100 years since the beginning of World War One and it is 70 years since D-Day and we must never forget them.”

Leeds Civic Hall.

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