Celebrating our armed forces

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Local people will be given the chance to show their support for the armed forces at a special event in Arbroath next Saturday (June 8).

After the success of the parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Red Lichtie spitfire, it was decided to make the celebration of the armed forces an annual event.

And with support for the military and donations to charities such as Help for Heroes at an all time high, organisers are hoping for a bumper crowd to turn out for the parade and show their appreciation.

The parade will see serving forces personnel link up with veterans and cadets while they make their way through Arbroath town centre.

It will begin at 1.30 p.m. with the march starting at Arbroath Abbey’s arch before taking in Abbey Path, the High Street and John Street.

The march will finish at Victoria Park, where a drumhead service will begin at 2.15 p.m.

The armed forces along with the emergency services will be setting up stalls in Victoria Park from 12 noon, where the public will be given an insight into their work, see demonstrations and chat to personnel.

And at 3 p.m., the event will see a flypast and aerobatic display of a Pitts S-2A special biplane, with organisers promising it to be quite a sight along the Arbroath waterfront from Victoria Park as its red and white livery goes past.

The band Gleadhraich will then entertain the crowds at Victoria Park from 3.15 until 4 p.m.

Organisers say all these events will be subject to the weather conditions and that all timings are approximate.

The event has been organised in conjunction between the Arbroath Area Partnership and Angus Council.

The parade last year for the 70th anniversary of the Red Lichtie Spitfire drew a large crowd on to the High Street.