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AB Chelsea Hamshere waits to go into a thanksgiving service at Guildford Cathedral on Armed Forces Day Picture: POA(Phot) Owen Cooban
Armed Forces Day National Event Held In Guildford - Sat 27 Jun 2015
Today, thousands of people across the country celebrated the men and women of the Armed Forces, past and present, at more than 150 events to mark the seventh annual Armed Forces Day. Events ranged from large scale parades to simple community events, but the main focus of attention was at the National Event in Guildford, attended by His Royal Highnesses The Duke of York and the Prime Minister David Cameron.The Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon and the Worshipful Mayor of Guildford Nikki Nelson-Smith also attended.  The day’s celebrations began with a thanksgiving service at Guildford Cathedral, followed by a parade of more than 900 Service personnel, veterans and cadets through the historic heart of Guildford from the High Street to the outdoor events arena, Stoke Park. The Duke of York took the salute on the parade route on behalf of The Queen and Royal Family, as the world famous Red Arrows roared over the square in tribute .Afternoon celebrations continued Stoke Park with a variety of military displays including a Royal Air Force GR4 Tornado flypast. Visitors also enjoyed a Sea King search and rescue demonstration, Spitfires and Hurricanes from the RAF Battle of Britain memorial Flight and a Swordfish biplane from the Royal Navy Historic Flight.  In addition, crowds of an estimated 60,000 were treated to three parachute displays from the Royal Navy Raiders, the Army Red Devils and the RAF Falcons, as well as the Royal Signals White Helmet motorbike display team on the ground. The Red Arrows took to the skies again as the military celebrations drew to a close accompanied by a tri-service group of military bands made of Her Majesty Royal Marines, Portsmouth, the Band of the Grenadier Guards, and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

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Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council is launching a new online, one-stop-shop of support for local armed forces personnel, reserves, veterans, cadets and people who interact with them.

The website highlights some of the ways in which the County Council is supporting current and former services personnel and their families through the Nottinghamshire Community Covenant. It also acts as a portal for the many organisations, charities and public services available in the county, including support with:
• Combat stress and mental health issues
• Welfare benefits
• Finances and debt
• Housing and property adaptations
• Training and careers

The new website will provide a valuable resource for current and former members of the armed forces and their families in Nottinghamshire, which is an important part of the County Council’s commitment under the Community Covenant. It’s also an important guide to what’s available for people who interact with current or former forces personnel, whether that be care workers, councillors, friends or family.

You can visit their website here.