Provost thanks Armed Forces for their service

This is an annual event to recognise the service and sacrifice of veterans and of those serving now, and it marks the start of Armed Forces Week.

First Minister Carwyn Jones will join Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, and the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones for the event. Today the armed forces community will parade down the Royal Mile.

"They do a fantastic job for us and we should be grateful to them all".

Troops were deployed after 22 people were killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi at the Manchester Arena on 22 May. "We deployed almost 1,000 armed troops within 12 hours on the streets, which freed up armed police to do more patrolling".

Before the event, Sir Michael Fallon announced that almost 11,000 service personnel had been able to get on the housing ladder or change their home using payments from the Forces Help to Buy scheme, launched in April 2014.

He said: "There are some 10,000 servicemen and women who are working for us around the globe on operations or in our bases".

"And further afield they continue to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria, helping to drive the terrorists back and give ordinary people in those countries the chance to rebuild their lives".

"All of that keeps us safer here at home".

She stopped to pose for pictures with some of the hundreds who attended the celebration on Liverpool's Pier Head and was cheered by many in the crowd, although some booing was also heard.

Greater Anglia is supporting Armed Forces Day with free travel tomorrow for active service personnel and veterans.

The cavalcade was just one of several events and activities taking place throughout the city ahead of the national day.

Previous military bands at the event have included the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Artillery Band.

  • Zachary Reyes