Donington Arnhem Remembrance parade

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A moving ceremony that has taken place in Donington since the end of the war will be repeated on Sunday.

A small band of veterans of the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers who served in the Second World War and men who have served in conflicts since that time will take part in the Arnhem Remembrance parade and service.

It is the 72nd anniversary of Operation Market Garden, known by many as A Bridge Too Far, and men of the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers will parade, with their colours and a piper, from Donington Market Place at 10am. They will progress to St Mary & The Holy Rood for a service starting at 10.30am, when they will present their colours, the names of the fallen are read and a bugler plays the Last Post.

Donington resident Edward Finch says the service will then move outside where the men lay wreaths at the memorial unveiled for the 70th anniversary beneath the Arnhem oak tree brought back as a sapling from the battlefield.

Refreshments are then served in the church hall and everyone is welcome to attend.

Edward previously told us the men were based in Donington for several months before taking part in the Battle for Arnhem and Operation Market Garden.

Of the 140 or so men who went, just 12 returned.