Forces Day events go off with a bang

Image of the Gun Salute for Armed Forces Day.'' Today the 29th of June 2013 Nottingham play host to marching troops, military bands, ceremonial gun fire, veterans, cadets, and a host of current and former aircraft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force at the fifth annual Armed Forces Day national event at the fifth annual Armed Forces Day national event .''The heart of the city, and Victoria Embankment along the River Trent, is the setting for a range of displays, events and activities. More than 60,000 people attended. ??''A feu de joie (fire of joy) - a volley of celebratory gunfire by 100th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) from Nottingham Castle will mark the start of the city centre parade of current Service personnel, veterans and cadets supported the bands, from the castle to the Old Market Square. ''HRH The Duke of Gloucester, representing HM The Queen, will take the salute as the RAF Red Arrows and Sentinel aircraft roar overhead.''NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout image
Image of the Gun Salute for Armed Forces Day.'' Today the 29th of June 2013 Nottingham play host to marching troops, military bands, ceremonial gun fire, veterans, cadets, and a host of current and former aircraft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force at the fifth annual Armed Forces Day national event at the fifth annual Armed Forces Day national event .''The heart of the city, and Victoria Embankment along the River Trent, is the setting for a range of displays, events and activities. More than 60,000 people attended. ??''A feu de joie (fire of joy) - a volley of celebratory gunfire by 100th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) from Nottingham Castle will mark the start of the city centre parade of current Service personnel, veterans and cadets supported the bands, from the castle to the Old Market Square. ''HRH The Duke of Gloucester, representing HM The Queen, will take the salute as the RAF Red Arrows and Sentinel aircraft roar overhead.''NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout image
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An Ilkeston soldier proudly fired this huge gun at the weekend to launch the national celebrations for Armed Forces Day.

Gunner Jake Weston, 20, was one of 16 volunteer servicemen to start the service with a ‘feu de joie’ –’fire of joy’ – from Nottingham Castle.

Dawn Parry's photograph of the Red Arrows flying over Ilkeston heading for Nottingham's National Armed Forces Day celebration.

Dawn Parry's photograph of the Red Arrows flying over Ilkeston heading for Nottingham's National Armed Forces Day celebration.

Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of the city, the Old Market Square and Victoria Embankment to mark the occasion.

More than 150 service personnel, two military bands and 14 horses from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery took part in the parade, as well as 90 marching cadets and veterans from across the UK, including here in the East Midlands.

The c elebrations were attended by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on behalf of the Queen.

Although there were no official events here in Ilkeston, townsfolk witnessed the famous Red Arrows soar overhead, blasting out red, white and blue plumes of smoke as they flew past.

Jake, who serves with the 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery, based at Bulwell, started the event at 10.47am.

He was supported in the crowds by his proud family, including mum Joy, sister Gemma and Grandma and Granddad Jill and Tony.

Last week he told the ‘Tiser how proud he was to take part in the event.

“I joined the TA two years ago and I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to become involved in something like this,” he said.