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Hundreds of people line Romford’s streets for Armed Forces Day

PUBLISHED: 12:57 24 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 24 June 2017

The parade gets under way in South Street.

The parade gets under way in South Street.

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Crowds clapped and cheered on our local armed forces this morning in appreciation of the sacrifices they have made protecting our country.

The Mayor with cadets outside the town hall. The Mayor with cadets outside the town hall.

Veterans, cadets and brownies were among the many groups to take part in the Armed Forced Day parade from South Street to Havering Town Hall before finishing with a speech from the borough’s Mayor councillor Linda Van de Hende and a poem by Maria Wilkinson, of Marks Road, Romford.

“It’s my first one and it’s always nice to walk through the market and wave to the kids,” said Mrs Van de Hende. “I think it’s very important to celebrate something like this because our armed forces do an amazing job.

“I think it’s important the community gets to recognise the armed forces and say thank you.”

Generations of soldiers past and present were in attendance and enjoyed a reception and buffet after the parade.

Maria and David Wilkinson (Left) and Michelle Fitzgibbons (centre) raised £750 for Veteran's Aid. Maria and David Wilkinson (Left) and Michelle Fitzgibbons (centre) raised £750 for Veteran's Aid.

Read our full report of the Armed Forces Day service on Monday.

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