Heroes presented with medals as Sunderland’s adopted regiment marches through the city

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SATURDAY saw dozens of personnel presented with operational service medals and active service commemorative coins in a ceremony at the Cenotaph next to Mowbray Park before the parade.

Medals were presented by The Lord Lieutenant of The County of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock OBE; Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Robert Heron; Commander Royal Artillery 3 (UK) Division, Colonel LK Ford MBE and Honorary Regimental Colonel, Brigadier A J Faith CBE.

Armed Forces Day - Freedom of the City March through Sunderland city centre and presentation of campaign medals at the Cenotaph in Burdon Road.

Armed Forces Day - Freedom of the City March through Sunderland city centre and presentation of campaign medals at the Cenotaph in Burdon Road.

Sgt Simon Facey had brought his children, seven-year-old Tamzin and Tyler, three, along.

“It is the third time I have done the march – I was also here in 2010 and 2007 – and it is always fantastic to come home,” said 34-year-old Simon, from Thorney Close.

“The City of Sunderland always does the regiment proud.”

Lisa Donkin was on hand to support 21-year-old grandson Michael, a Gunner in the regiment.

“I am just bursting with pride,” she said.

Michael, 21, from Hylton Lane Estate, said: “I did not expect so many people to turn up. It has made me very proud.”

The Last Orders pub in Red House staged a family fun day as part of its celebrations.