Three-day tribute to mark Armed Forces Day in Sunderland

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HUNDREDS are expected to flock to the coast this weekend as Sunderland pays tribute to its war veterans.

Organisers are hoping this Armed Forces Day will be bigger and better than ever.

Janice Procter has organised the weekend in honour of her son Michael Tench and countless other fallen soldiers.

Michael was 18 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra, Iraq, in 2007

Beginning on Friday, Seaburn recreational ground will host the three-day celebration with a range of activities.

Sunderland, with a veteran population of more than 26,000, is one of the country’s largest suppliers of military personnel.

Janice said: “The whole event has been a team effort, working together in co-operation with our communities, in honour of our armed forces. The weekend has something for everyone.”

It will begin on Friday at 6pm with a welcome celebration for soldiers and ex-servicemen.

Saturday will feature more family-orientated activities, with live bands, market stalls, singing and dancing competitions. It will end with a proms-style concert.

The main military event will take place at 1pm on Saturday with soldiers marching along the seafront and into the parade ground.

Sunday will see classic cars and military vehicles at the event.