A TOWN will celebrate and pay tribute to the armed forces today.

Crook will hold its first Armed Forces Day event – a month after a memorial plaque to a Wellington Bomber was unveiled.

The free event will be at Crook Community Leisure Centre, Peases West, from 10am to 4pm. There will be outdoor games, a climbing wall, inflatable assault course, fire engine and music including 1940s songs, and a colliery band. Refreshments will be served outside and in the cafe bar.

Proceeds will help ex-military personnel adjust to civilian life or deal with PTSD. It is hoped that some veterans will go along to the event, which will be a chance to talk to people about their experiences alongside charities such as veterans support group Changing Step.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Defence, the Royal British Legion and Changing Steps.

A similar event will be held next year and a special 2021 event will mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.