Heroes take a city salute

THOUSANDS of people descended on George Square as Glasgow paid tribute to the Armed Forces.

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  • This veteran was proud as he was wheeled in the parade
    This veteran was proud as he was wheeled in the parade
  • This veteran was proud as he was wheeled in the parade
  • This veteran was proud as he was wheeled in the parade
  • This veteran was proud as he was wheeled in the parade

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty welcomed members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, as well as veterans and cadets from all three services, as they took to the streets in a parade yesterday to mark the weekend of Armed Forces tributes.

The parade, led by a Royal Marines band, began at Holland Street, followed a route along West Regent Street, West George Street and around George Square.

The Lord Provost, in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant, took the salute at the march past.

As well as the ceremony there was music, side shows and a mass of activities for all age groups.

There were performances from That Swing Sensation featuring the Kennedy Cup Cakes, The Poppy Girls and The Waterfront.

Enjoying the day was the Smith family, from Jordanhill.

Mum and dad John and Pauline, and children Katie, 6, and Joshua, 10, joined the crowds as the parade went by.

Mrs Smith said: "We have had a great day. The weather has been lovely and there has plenty for everyone to do.

"It makes you proud to see all the military people marching past."

Joshua added: "I really liked the soldiers and the military vehicles."

The Lord Provost said: "Every year Glasgow puts on a great show for Armed Forces Day. It is an important event and allows us the opportunity to celebrate the honour, pride and courage of those who have served in the military."

Greggs bakery donated a special cake to Erskine Hospital for veterans to enjoy, while Glasgow Taxis Limited provided four vehicles free to help some of the veterans home following the celebrations.

On Saturday more than 6000 people turned out at Rouken Glen Park for its tribute to the Services.

Attractions included military vehicles, assault courses, military costumes and a Second World War kitchen, as well as historical re-enactments and entertainment from the Gillian Anderson Dance School and the Kings Division and Neilston Pipe Band.

The main event was in Stirling, also on Saturday, when more than 35,000 saw the UK's national celebration of Armed Forces Day. Those present included the Princess Royal, Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond.

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