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WAGs lead armed forces celebrations

The chart topping Military WAGs Choir have led an afternoon of entertainment to commemorate the armed forces.

Stirling residents turned out to thank forces personnel past and present for their service and recognise the contribution they have made to Scotland and the United Kingdom.

The day started with a parade of military personnel, cadets and veterans stepping off from the city centre.

After the parade the Stirling Military Show provided an afternoon of entertainment including a Royal Marines demonstration, the Military WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) choir who topped the charts with Take That star Gary Barlow and their hit 'Sing', a Spitfire flyover, Cadets drill competition, Police dogs display, and massed bands.

Stirling Provost Mike Robbins said: "The colour, fun, music and spectacle of Armed Forces Day is one of the highlights of the Stirling diary.

"Our event is now recognised by the Army as the principal one of its kind in Scotland , which is a proud achievement. I'm sure local people will have had a terrific day out, and welcomed the chance to show appreciation for everything our Armed Forces do for our country and for the Stirling area."

Armed Forces Day is a Ministry of Defence initiative to honour and celebrate the work of the Armed Forces and those who support them.

It aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force, reservists, veterans, cadets and the wider armed forces community, including service families.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder, Commanding Officer of the Scottish Transport Regiment (Volunteers) the Army unit who organised the event, said: "The people of the city and district of Stirling are great supporters of the Armed Forces, and it was great to see so many of them at the show today which starts a week of Armed Forces events in Scotland."

The day ended with the military musical marching tradition The Beating of Retreat.


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