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Armed forces day coup for Ards

By staff reporter

NEWTOWNARDS has been chosen to host the largest Armed Forces Day event in Northern Ireland next year.

The prestigious regional event gives visitors an insight into the work of the army, navy and air force, as well as celebrating and honouring those who serve in the armed services.

The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen McIlveen said he is "delighted" with the news. "It is a huge honour for Newtownards to host Armed Forces Day 2014.

"We have a rich military history in the Ards with a legacy through the likes of Colonel Paddy Blair Mayne in north Africa as well as Major General Rollo Gillespie of Comber who fought in India.

"We also have a huge commitment today through our links with the Royal Artillery, the Irish Guards and others.

"The family-friendly event will showcase military vehicles and memorabilia that wouldn't normally be seen by the public, and will also include a mixture of commemoratory events and family entertainment, including the official regional military parade to mark Armed Forces Day, promising an interesting day out.

"It will be a truly memorable event and I would encourage people to put the date in their diary now," he added.

The one-day event will take place in Newtownards airfield on Saturday June 21.

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