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Armed Forces Parade takes to city centre

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A PARADE celebrating the work of the UK’s armed forces will take to the streets of Leicester this weekend.

To mark Armed Forces Day, more than 400 servicemen and women, military veterans and cadets will parade through the city centre on Saturday, June 25, complete with Royal British Legion and Veterans’ Association Standards, and led by the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association Pipes and Drums Band.

Royal British Legion County Vice-Chairman, John Standish, said: “This is an opportunity to show our appreciation and support for the men and women of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, who are selflessly and courageously serving our nation in dangerous and volatile parts of the world, and our veterans who have served with distinction in past years."

The parade will be preceded by a service in Leicester Cathedral, attended by those who will form the parade. The Cottesmore Military Wives Choir will also be performing. 

The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, the chairman of Leicestershire County Council and other civic dignitaries and community representatives will also attend the service.

The parade will begin at about 11.40am and will make its way behind the pipes and drums of the Seaforth Highlanders, along High Street to the Clock Tower – where the Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Gretton, will take the salute – and then along Gallowtree Gate.

Between 9.30am and 12.30pm there will be military display stands in Humberstone Gate, including military vehicles, a field ambulance, the Royal British Legion and recruitment stands. The Seaforth Highlanders and the Army Cadets Corp of Drums will be playing alongside the displays.

For further information about the parade contact John Standish, County Vice-Chairman of the Royal British Legion, on 0116 240 4170 or 07710 799595.