Morning march in Spalding for Armed Forces

Armed Forces march in Spalding
Armed Forces march in Spalding
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Forces personnel young and old joined together to march through Spalding market place on Tuesday.

There are many events going on all around the country this week leading up to Armed Forces day on Saturday.

All smiles at the Armed Forces Parade Day. SG210616-128TW

All smiles at the Armed Forces Parade Day. SG210616-128TW

Organiser Dennis Hannant said: “Veterans and regular soldiers met for tea in the Red Lion. A piper then got the parade started officially.

“We then had a Drum Head service through the market place to the parish church, St Mary and St Nicolas.”

There were some old military vehicles involved in the parade and also an old ambulance owned by Tulip Radio’s Chris Carter.

Radio station’s manager Jan Whitbourn said that other vehicles included a replica of an American Jeep which would have been used in World War Two.

Younger members who took part in the parade on Tuesday. SG210616-130TW

Younger members who took part in the parade on Tuesday. SG210616-130TW

• Councillors, dignitaries, ex-service members and war veterans braved wet weather on Monday for a special flag raising ceremony in support of Armed Forces Day.

The ceremony took place outside the offices of South Holland District Council in Priory Road, Spalding, and saw Council chairman Michael Seymour raise a flag at 10.30am.

The gathered crowd included members of the Spalding Royal British Legion, a number of South Holland councillors and members of the public.

Before raising the flag, Coun Seymour made a short speech to the crowd and urged everyone to show their support for Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday, June 25.

Some of the Forces from the Spalding Armed Forces Parade. SG210616-127TW

Some of the Forces from the Spalding Armed Forces Parade. SG210616-127TW

Cllr Seymour said: “It is a great honour and privilege for me to raise this flag in support of Armed Forces Day.

“It is vital that we never forget the dedicated work of our service men and women.”

The annual Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the nation to show its support to service men and women past and present.