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Youngsters have a blast at Armed Forces' gun run competition

By Lesley Houston

Published 22/06/2015

Kenzie and Charlie Mc Fall at Armed Forces Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds
Kenzie and Charlie Mc Fall at Armed Forces Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds
Callum Hawthorn
Taylor Marks
Ruth Burrows on the climbing wall
Carson Whyte

The first field gun run by the Sea Cadets in Northern Ireland was performed as part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

More than 1,000 troops and veterans of the Army and Navy converged on three venues across Co Antrim for the spectacle.

The event at Ballymena Showgrounds showed off the daredevil expertise of the Wild Geese parachutists, with a host of interactive displays taking place on a day that also saw military personnel parade the streets of the town.

For the field gun run, teams of sailors competed to transport the huge heavy weapon, which was shipped from Scotland for the big day, over a series of obstacles in the shortest time possible.

The imposing sight of two visiting Royal Navy vessels set the scene for an fantastic day featuring pageantry and parades in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne. Earlier, the three-day attraction had kicked off at with a beating of the retreat demonstration in Carrickfergus by the Royal Marines band.

The field gun run competition evolved during the early years of the 20th century but remains popular to this day.

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