Gallery: Armed Forces Day in pictures

Military personnel and civilians lined the streets of Bedford to mark the annual Armed Forces Day.

Serving men and women, along with veterans and cadets, paraded from De Parys Avenue to Harpur Square, where flags and colours had been raised, on Sunday (June 28).

Bedford Armed Forces Day 2015

Bedford Armed Forces Day 2015

The parade, organised by the Bedford Royal British Legion passed by the John Howard statue, in St Paul’s Square, where Mayor Dave Hodgson took the salute.

He said: “Occasions such as Armed Forces Day provide an opportunity for us to help raise awareness of the extraordinary contribution to our country past and present members of the Armed Forces have made.”

He added the event was well supported by those who showed their “gratitude to those who have served, and continue to serve, on our behalf”.

Following the parade, the town centre staged entertainment, sporting activities and many stalls.

The D Day Darlings sang select wartime classics, the Town Band played, and historian David Fowler gave talks on Bedford’s Wartime history.

Armed Forces Day recognises and supports the important role the military plays in Bedford and builds on a commitment made by Bedford Borough Council, the Armed Forces and other in a Special Community Covenant that was signed in July 2012.