HUNDREDS turned out to salute our military heroes at the first ever Sunderland Armed Forces Day.
Wearsiders showed their support at Seaburn Recreation Park on Saturday, which coincided with events up and down the country.
Exhibitions of army history, stalls and rides were available for families to enjoy, while bands and dance groups also took to the stage to entertain the crowds.
Durham Army Cadet Force along with forces’ veterans led a parade along the seafront into the park to the delight of those watching.
Janice Murray, whose son Michael Tench, 18, was killed by a bomb explosion in Iraq, was at the inaugural event and said she was proud to see people from the city coming out in their droves to support the forces.
She said: “It’s a bit of an honour for me personally because I am a parent of a fallen soldier.
“It’s a celebration for the people who get up every day and go to war for us, wherever that is.”