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Army In The Park: Personnel Show Military's 'Friendly' Side To Civilians

The event is held every year in Edinburgh Meadows and it gives civilians a chance to learn about the work the service does.

Army units have gathered in the heart of Edinburgh on a public charm offensive to help bridge the divide between two communities.

The Army in the Park event is held every year in Edinburgh Meadows and it gives civilians a chance to learn about the work the service does.

"A lot of people do not have a [clear] idea of what goes on behind closed doors, but we are here and happy to answer questions," said Private Harvey Strachan. 

A recent survey found around 70% of the British public say they know very little about the work the armed forces carry out.

"We are very happy to share that experience and tell people what we are all about," explained Private Strachan.

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The Army in the Park event allowed an opportunity for soldiers to teach people about their role and help them understand the person behind the uniform.

Debunking the stereotype that often sees soldiers as "big and scary people", Lance Corporal Andrew Otton said:

"We are approachable, we are friendly."

Members of both regular and reserve units were on hand to answer any questions asked by anyone passing by and letting them know that there is common ground between soldiers and civilians.

"We are normal human beings," said Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gary Simpson.

The aim of the even was to break down barriers between civilians and Army personnel, broadening the understanding of the Army's place in society.