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Summary

  1. Live updates from around the UK on National Armed Forces Day

Live Reporting

By Kimberley Metcalfe

All times stated are UK

The end of our coverage today

Than you for joining us on national Armed Forces Day 2016.

We've been across the UK highlighting the special celebrations as tens of thousands of people have shown their support for our service men and women.

We've chosen some of our favourite parts and pictures - take a look and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Armed Forces Day
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The Red Devils
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Armed Forces Day in Leeds
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"We appreciate getting the support from the public"

Sarah Walton

Reporter, BBC Look North

Hundreds of serving military personnel have taken part in the parade along the seafront at Cleethorpes for Armed Forces Day.  

I spoke to them as they were about to set off and they said they were overwhelmed with the show of support from the crowds that had gathered.

Chinook out the moves on this!

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Chinook aircraft are used for trooping, resupply, and battlefield Casualty Evacuation. 

More recently they've become known for their emergency response role, the back of the aircraft can even be used as an emergency operating theatre. 

If that isn't versatile I don't know what is.

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"It's important to remind ourselves of the amazing job the Armed Forces do"

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

There's been some VIPs in Cleethorpes today, alongside the Prime Minister and HRH Duke of Kent was Lord Howe, Minister of State for Defence.

He was thrilled that the resort played host to national Armed Forces Day and the turnout was a tremendous success. 

He then told me why the day is of such importance. 

More from Staffordshire

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

I was at the event at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

There were many, many people there showing their support for our armed forces.

Here are a selection of some of my favourite images from the event.

National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
John Bray
National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
John Bray
National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
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National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
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Armed forces do lap of honour

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Warrington Wolves rugby league club invited the armed forces do a lap of honour at the end of last night’s match.

Looking at the size of some of them, they could have played fullback!

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Atten-shun! Salutes across the country continue

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Saluting across the country continues! 

If you want to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community simply take a photo of you saluting and upload it here. 

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Love is in the air (Part Two)

Sarah Walton

Reporter, BBC Look North

Earlier on I posted the photo of the love heart created by the Red Arrows.

The display team created the symbol in the air above Cleethorpes as part of Armed Forces Day.

Well, here's the video to go along with the picture. Watch it below.

The Prime Minister speaks...

David Cameron has tweeted his views on Armed Forces Day - and the ongoing efforts of our military personnel.

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Staffordshire parade

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

I've been watching the parade at the National Memorial Arboretum event in Staffordshire today.

The arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. The surrounding landscape has over 320 memorials in tribute to those who've served and continue to serve our country.

Watch the sea of medals as the veterans march by.

Plymouth event

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

There were huge crowds in Plymouth for Armed Forces Day.

As well as a parade there was also a pipe band and a performance by the Military Wives Choir.

There were also aerobatic displays and vintage planes.

Oh, and this...

Plymouth Armed Forces Day event
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Plymouth Armed Forces Day event
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The Red Arrows show off some new manoeuvres

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

The Red Arrows thrilled crowds in Cleethorpes and Lincolnshire, showing off some new twists and dives as they flew over. 

How on earth do they make it look so easy? 

Mans best friend shows his support

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

This little guy is in training to be an explosive search dog, he'll be doing an important job when he's a fully licensed detection dog.

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Spectators enjoyed the show

Victoria Holland

BBC Look North

People I've spoken to in Cleethorpes enjoyed the new manoeuvres from the Red Arrows.

Red Arrows
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All eyes to the skies over Cleethorpes

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Here they are again, the main attraction of the day the Red Arrows!  

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The scene in Scotland

Here's how Edinburgh's Armed Forces Day began earlier this afternoon.

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Cleethorpes welcomes David Cameron and HRH Duke of Kent

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

The Prime Minister and HRH Duke of Kent take their seats ahead of the parade in Cleethorpes.

Despite the upheaval earlier in the week David Cameron has said it was always his intention to attend Armed Forces Day, to celebrate the work our servicemen and women do. 

Caerphilly crowds welcome the parade

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

The military band march around the castle grounds in Caerphilly in Wales.

There's also displays of military equipment, demonstrations and activities in the park. 

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In pictures: The Red Arrows and Red Devils

There's been some spectacular aerial events for Armed Forces Day today.

The national showpiece in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, has played host to some of the most breath-taking.

Here's a selection of images:

The Red Arrows
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The Red Devils
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The Red Arrows
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The Red Arrows
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David Cameron has arrived

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

David Cameron at Armed Forces Day
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The Prime Minister is in Cleethorpes - and he's been joined by HRH the Duke of Kent.

Here they are observing the RAF band.

The RAF band march past Prime Minister David Cameron and HRH Duke of Kent.

The need for speed...

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

No one does it quite like the Red Arrows! 

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Showing your support

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Today is all about saying thank you and showing your support for men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. 

Across the UK people are showing their gratitude to their own family members who serve our country. 

So much is happening today, have a look at the local events here.

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People across the country #SaluteOurForces

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

The salute is a mark of respect and to show that people across the UK have been tweeting their selfie salutes. 

Its very easy to do, simply take a photo of yourself, your friends or colleagues saluting and upload it.

Have a look at a couple of people who've taken part. 

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Red Arrows fly over Lincoln

Have a look at this beautiful photo RAF Scampton put up as the Red Arrows continue their display over Lincoln.

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"It's an honour to be able to fly"

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Today Spitfire and Hurricane aircrafts will take to the skies up and down the country.

Wing Commander Stu Smiley will fly the Hurricane during the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over Cleethorpes.

He shares his thoughts on playing his part in the display today.

Plan your journey

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Please check your route before you head out for Armed Forces Day today.

Trains heading to some of the main areas are getting incredibly busy. Have a look at the advice from NE Lincs Council.

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Love is the air

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

The Red Arrows are amazing - here's their latest aerial creation over Cleethorpes at the national showpiece event for Armed Forces Day 2016.

Red Arrows' heart design
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The Red Arrows arrive in Cleethorpes

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

They certainly didn't disappoint, superb as always. Have a look at them in action. 

The scene in Leeds

Cathy Booth

Journalist, BBC Look North

There are events taking place across the UK.

Here's what's happening in Leeds at the moment.

Armed Forces Day in Leeds
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Armed Forces Day in Leeds
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Armed Forces Day in Leeds
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Armed Forces Day in Leeds
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Red Arrows head out towards Cleethorpes

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Not long to go! 

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RAF Red Arrows will take to the skies

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

One of the highlights of Armed Forces Day will be the display by the RAF Red Arrows.

They're due up in the next hour, and Red 7, Flight Lieutenant Tom Bould, says it's great to be involved.  

Liverpool Armed Forces Day

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Army, navy and RAF personnel are parading through city centre today and the Lord Mayor is hosting an event at the town hall to recognise the work of servicemen and women.

Events are also being held at the Albert Dock.

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It's a busy time of year for the RAF technical team

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Paul Routledge is the chief technician for the RAF. His job is to prepare aircraft before they go on display in front of the general public.

What does that actually mean? 

Find out below. 

I hope someone filled in the health and safety forms

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Just a normal day in the office for the Red Devils...

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That's not fog

Andy Comfort

BBC Radio Humberside

Here's what that hovercraft landing in Cleethorpes was like if you were in the crowd.

That's smoke by the way rather than a swift change in the weather.

Cleethorpes Armed Forces Day
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Cleethorpes Armed Forces Day
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Manchester Metrolink offering free travel

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

If you've got an Armed Forces ID card you can travel for free today on Metrolink trams, Arriva, Stagecoach, First and Transdev buses in Greater Manchester.

Flash those cards! 

Have a look here to see what events are happening in your area

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MPs all agree on one thing

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

It's been a momentous week in politics, but it seems the MPs tweeting about Armed Forces Day are all in agreement.

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You can't park that there...

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Sun cream? Check.

Picnic? Check.

Bucket and spade? Check.

Hovercraft with Royal Marines? Check.

This is what the beach in Cleethorpes looks like at the moment.

A hovercraft arrives on the beach for Armed Forces Day

Get Involved

We want to see your pictures and video from today - as well as which event you're heading to.

To get in touch, tweet us via the hashtag #bbcafd.

Inside a Chinook

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

If you've ever wondered what it's like in a Chinook helicopter then this is the video for you!

Martin Daniel-Smith takes you through the interior - and it sounds like it could be a bit of a tight squeeze.

Take a tour of the inside of a Chinook helicopter on Armed Forces Day.