Parade preparations march on

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PREPARATIONS are now in full swing for Arbroath’s first ever armed forces parade, which will take place in June.

A parade including members of the armed forces last year to mark the Red Lichtie Spitfire’s 70th anniversary was so popular, it has been decided thanks to the support of Angus Council to make the parade an annual event.

Local branches of the armed forces will take part including veterans, serving personnel and cadets to raise the awareness of the town’s many links with the military.

It will also allow people from the town and further afield the chance to show their appreciation to our forces.

And Arbroath councillor Martyn Geddes is already looking forward to the parade and hopes as many people as possible will show their support.

He said “It’s great being able to support those who want to celebrate our armed forces and help the public show their respect and thanks for those who choose to put themselves in danger to keep us and the whole country safe.

“This year’s parade will create a benchmark which we are already planning to beat next year.”

The parade will commence at Arbroath Abbey on Saturday, June 8 at 1.30 p.m. And march through the town and along Queens Drive where a Drumhead Service will be conducted with the Arbroath Instrumental Band providing the music.

Stalls from many of the organisations will be in Victoria Park to give the public an insight into their work, see demonstrations and chat to personnel.

Flypasts and other events for the day involving the town’s emergency services are also planned.

Times for the events will be confirmed nearer the date.

For further information contact Cheryl Stewart on cheryl.stewart@gmail.com