Donington Arnhem parade and service

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A small band of veterans are due to continue a tradition established at the end of the war when they parade in Donington on Sunday.

It’s the Arnhem Remembrance service for men and families of the 1st Airborne Squadron Royal Engineers the Parachute Regiment.

Edward Finch tells us that the parade and service at St Mary & the Holy Rood has been held every year since the end of the Second World War.

He says 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 left the village to fight, just 12 returned, the rest either captured, killed or missing in action. Some eventually returned to Donington and to sweethearts they had left there.

This year the parade, led by bagpipes, starts from the market place at 10am and the service follows at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend this very special service.