With the countdown to 2017's Sun Military Awards now well and truly underway, Forces Network has taken a look at some of the highlights from last year's ceremony.

A star-studded evening saw celebrities, entertainers and politicians mingle with members of the Armed Forces as they celebrated their courage and excellence.

Lorraine Kelly & Jeremy Clarkson at the Millies 2016
2016's event was hosted by television presenter Lorraine Kelly, with celebrities like Jeremy Clarkson in attendance. The Grand Tour star presented the Best Reservist award on the night

Also known as the 'Millies', the ceremony recognised the hard work and dedication of UK servicemen and women and those who support them at the historic Guildhall in London.

This year's awards will be held at the historic Banqueting House in Whitehall, London.

2016, however, saw celebrities from the worlds of sport, entertainment and politics in attendance, including presenter Carol Vorderman, England rugby player James Haskell and award judge Penny Lancaster.

Carol Vorderman, Millies 2016
Carol Vorderman joking with the media on the red carpet

Earlier that day, politicians and top brass hosted the nominees at a special reception at 10 Downing Street.

Having entered its ninth year, the ceremony saw several new awards, including Inspiring Others – honouring individuals who have motivated others to achieve more through their awe-inspiring example – and the Innovation Award, which recognised firms or individuals that had developed game-changing or life-saving pieces of equipment that transform the work of the Armed Forces.

During the awards, the Prime Minister Theresa May presented the RAF with the Hero Overseas Unit award for its contribution to Operation Shader.

Theresa May & husband Phillip, Millies 2016
Theresa May with husband Phillip

Carol Vorderman presented an award to Sergeant Adam Threlfall, who provided vital first aid to two fellow parachutists who became entangled in an uncontrolled descent.

Sgt Adam Threlfall & partner Hollie Shrives, Millies 2016

Sgt Threlfall said at the time: "I was massively suprised to win. There was some really stiff competition in my field and across the whole Millies.

"It was great to be recognised and take the award back home to the team at RAF Brize Norton."

You can find out more about his story below...

Lorraine Kelly, meanwhile, said :

"It was such an uplifting evening, it really was truly, truly, inspirational."

"It's so good for us to get a chance to say thank you, as we don't often get a chance to do that, and to say we really do appreciate everything you [Armed Forces] do for us."

This year's event will be an opportunity for the public to recognise these unsung heroes for their outstanding achievements over the last year, both overseas on operations and across the UK.

In the Millies' 10th year, the evening's events will be shown once more on Freeview - only on Forces TV - Freeview channel 96, Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165, or Youview 96.

Alternatively, you can follow all the action right here on Forces Network, where we'll be hosting a live blog.

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