Kent

Rochester parade marks UK Armed Forces Day

Service personnel
Image caption Street parties and parades are also taking place throughout the UK.

Service personnel have marched through the streets of Rochester in Kent to mark UK Armed Forces Day.

The procession began in Crow Lane at 1030 BST and headed past the war memorial in Rochester High Street before finishing in Castle Gardens.

A traditional Beating Retreat military ceremony will bring the day to a close at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham from 1800 BST.

Service personnel, veterans and civic dignitaries are taking part.

Also taking part was Corporal James Bedford, a Kent-based soldier who received the Military Cross from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

Cpl Bedford, who is based at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, placed his body between two casualties and incoming enemy fire during a gun battle in Afghanistan on 10 June 2010

The Beating Retreat will feature the Royal Marines Band, the Marching Band of the Duke of York's Royal Military School and the Rochester Pipe Band.

Street parties and parades are also taking place throughout the UK. The official host city this year is Edinburgh.

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