CLEOBURY Mortimer's MP has praised service personnel as the UK prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day tomorrow.

Conservative Philip Dunne, who is Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great chance for us all to stop and reflect on the inspirational courage and dedication of all those who proudly wear this nation’s uniform.

"In my role as Minister of Defence I am fortunate to meet service personnel every day, both in the UK and on operations overseas. I never cease to be struck by their humility, cheerfulness and proud sense of duty.

"This year, commemorations of the centenary of World War One and the seventieth anniversary of D-Day earlier this month, serve as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our veterans. We must never forget the debt our country owes to those who answered their country’s call and ensure that through events like Armed Forces Day their legacy will endure.

"The bravery and patriotism of members of our armed forces are second to none and their selfless contribution to our society reflects the best of Britain. I would like to thank all those who make up our service community this Armed Forces Day, including cadets, regular and reserve personnel, and veterans."