Parade and entertainment to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Published: Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A marching parade will be taking place in the town centre on Saturday 24 June, in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

Leading the parade this year will be the RAF Marching Band. They will be followed by the 118 Recovery Company (REME), who will be exercising their Freedom of the Borough and celebrating 50 years of being based in Northampton. Serving troops, veterans and cadets will also be taking part.

Starting at 10.30am from Derngate and Guildhall Road, the parade will march across Woodhill, up Abington Street, through St Giles Terrace and down St Giles Street, before ending at the Guildhall around 10.50am.

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Gareth Eales and Lord Lieutenant, Mr David Laing will share a few words with the troops and well-wishers, before the official salute and national anthem are performed.

Following the parade and speeches, visitors can enjoy live music on the Market Square, view vintage Army vehicles and visit the stalls of Armed Forces organisations such as Help for Heroes, Rewards for Forces, the Royal Marines Association, the Grenadier Guards and Blind Veterans UK.

Cllr Gareth Eales said: “The town’s Armed Forces Day celebrations provide a great opportunity for communities to come together and show how proud we are of our armed services.

“We encourage everyone to come and join us in the town centre for the celebrations, which are even more special this year with the RAF Marching Band and 118 Recovery Company joining us.”

Phillip York, Chairman of the Northampton Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “There are lots of different ways that people can get involved in our Armed Forces Day celebrations this year. From cheering on the parade, enjoying music from armed forces bands to meeting charities and groups that support current and former military personnel, there’s something for everyone this Saturday.”

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