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Spalding to honour armed forces with two big events

The Armed Forces Flag raising ceremony at the council offices in Spalding last year. (2020239)
The Armed Forces Flag raising ceremony at the council offices in Spalding last year. (2020239)

There are open invitations for the people of South Holland to honour the uniformed men and women who keep our country safe.

Spalding will stage its fifth Armed Forces Day parade on Tuesday, June 26 and, the day before, the Armed Forces Flag will be raised at South Holland District Council offices with 28 serving military personnel attending at 9.45am.

Council chairman Coun Rodney Grocock said: “I hope as many people as possible can attend the council offices to show support for our armed services especially in these difficult times.”

Councillors Angela Newton and Jan Whitbourn are organising the parade and are inviting veterans, standard bearers, past and present servicemen and women, and uniformed organisations such as the Scouts, Guides and Brownies to be involved.

Coun Newton says: “It gives people in the district the chance to come out, like they do on Armistice Day, and pay their respects to the armed forces and say ‘thank you for what you have done’.”

Coun Whitbourn, who is involved through her role with Tulip Events Management, says the parade has steadily built up, year by year.

She said: “It was a wonderful event last year and so many turned out to parade with our veterans.”

Coun Grocock will taking part in the day, as will fellow councillors, and invitations have gone out to other civic dignitaries.

The parade will muster in Hall Place from 10.30am-10.45am and be ready to march off at 10.50am to an area outside Beales, in Market Place, for a short service led by the Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett.

There will also be a song performed by local singer Craig Delaney.

The parade will then march off towards High Bridge and halt at the road junction with Bridge Street.

Prior to the muster, participants are invited for coffee at the Red Lion Hotel and there will be light refreshments after the parade at the parish church hall.

Mr Bennett told us: “We have so much to be thankful for to the men and women of our armed forces and I am glad that we can once again honour both those who are currently serving and veterans by holding a parade in Spalding for Armed Forces Day. In the service in the Market Place I will lead prayers for all on active service and for their families, who are anxious until their loved ones return home safely.

“Members of the Spalding’s historic parish church, St Mary and St Nicolas, are pleased to provide refreshments for the service personnel and other invited guests. This year we shall also be ringing the church bells from twelve noon after the parade.”

The Spalding event came about at the request of market traders.

A street collection will boost the fundraising to build a memorial to Spalding’s WWII fallen heroes, and there will be a charity stall.

• To join the parade, or donate a tombola prize to boost the fundraising at the market slall, please call Coun Newton on 07939 559764 or email anewton@sholland. gov.uk

Armed Forces Day was observed at the district council offices last year.


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