Sailors will march in Portsmouth for forces day

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DETAILS have been released of an armed forces parade through Portsmouth tomorrow.

Around 120 sailors from ships and units in the area will parade through the city to mark Armed Forces Day.

The parade, organised by Portsmouth City Council, starts at 10am and will be led by the Royal Marines Band of Portsmouth.

They will march from St John’s Catholic Cathedral to Guildhall Square through Edinburgh Road, Stanhope Road and Commercial Road.

At the weekend, Royal Navy warships HMS Defender and HMS Westminster will open their gangways to the public.

Commander Phil Nash, HMS Defender’s commanding officer, 
said: ‘It is a pleasure to be able to welcome members of the public to HMS Defender throughout Armed Forces Weekend.

‘Once on board, visitors will be able to see the inside of the ship and get a real sense of what we do on a day-to-day basis.’

Access to the ships is free and no ticket is needed to enter the dockyard.

Gates open from 10am and close at 4pm on each day. The last entry to ships is at 3pm.