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Remembrance Day parade in Spalding.
Remembrance Day parade in Spalding.
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Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio talks about Armed Forces Week events in Spalding.

2014 is truly a year for commemoration and one in which it’s hoped many people might pause to remember the immense sacrifices made by our forebears.

August will see commemorations marking the beginning of the First World War. Many millions of people perished on both sides during the 1914-1918 conflict and it’s up to us and succeeding generations to remember them.

Armed Forces Week will be especially poignant. South Holland District Council has decided to start the week off with a flag unfurling ceremony outside its offices on Monday, June 23, to which everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, June 24 is Market Day in Spalding and, for the first time, there will be a march through the Market Place by past and present Armed Forces personnel at 10.30am followed by a short service. Major Dennis Hannant will sing Abide with Me at the end of the service.

Armed Forces Day itself is Saturday, June 28 and will be marked throughout the country with many more ceremonies.

Tulip Radio would like to thank Coun Angela Newton, Keith Crawford, Ken Willows, David Almond, Colin Jackman, Rev John Bennet and Dennis Hannant for all their hard work and commitment to Armed Forces Week and for including us in the event.