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Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Parachute Regiment Association celebrated Airborne Forces Day with a parade and an afternoon of activities.

Dozens of people gathered at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney on Sunday to enjoy the celebration and watch the parade.

Parachute Regiment veterans march with pride on Sunday

Parachute Regiment veterans march with pride on Sunday

John Newman, the branch secretary and organiser of the annual event, said it had all gone well.

‘We do it in aid of Airborne Forces Day which is a day that happens across the country,’ he said.

‘We write to everyone across the south to invite them. We did not get that many this year but we had a good time.’

The salute was taken by Major General Chip Chapman and branch president, Lt Col Andy Charlton, was present.

Muskets and ‘cannon from the Victorian times’ were fired, Mr Newman added.

The Rose and Thistle Pipe Band provided music during the parade.

Rita McKay was present during the parade. Her husband Norman was taking part.

‘It’s a lovely tradition,’ she said.

‘He comes down here every year. I don’t always make it down. I think it’s wonderful for the men to meet up and for the families to get involved.

Peter Hackett, whose father was in the Royal Marines, was also at the parade with his three-year-old grandson.

‘We are a Royal Marines family,’ he said.

‘I came down with my daughter. My dad was a marine. We have got my grandson here as well to come and see what’s happening.

‘It’s very important these things are still celebrated.’

As part of a weekend of Armed Forces Day events, there was also a reunion of members of 45 Commando at the Marines Museum on Saturday.