Day to celebrate forces personnel

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WAR veterans will take to the streets of Doncaster to mark Armed Forces Day later this month.

A day of activities is being lined up as part of the event which was set up to celebrate the achievements of service personnel past and present.

Among the highlights of this year’s event will be a regiment which helped in the aftermath of Doncaster’s devastating floods of 2007 receiving the Freedom of the Borough.

Russ Murray, the Royal British Legion County Manager for South Yorkshire, said: “The Royal British legion fully supports any activities which keeps the Armed Forces and other ex-service people in the public eye.

“Doncaster has always supported veterans of all ages from all forces and continues to do so up until the present day.”

Armed Forces Day was set up by the former Government as a way of celebrating the achievements of the Forces, as opposed to Remembrance Sunday which remembers the sacrifices of the military.

Military units, cadets, members of the Women’s Land Army, Bevin Boys, will be among those parading through the town centre on Saturday, June 25.

The parade will led by police horses and a military band.

A salute will also be taken by civic dignitaries including mayor Peter Davies, civic counterpart, Coun Eva Hughes, The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, the High Sheriff and senior representatives from the Army, RAF and Navy.

The 219 Squadron, 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps (Volunteers) will officially be bestowed Freedom of the Borough on the day after Doncaster Council approved the move earlier this year.

The regiment based at Scarborough Barracks in Sandford Road, Balby, helped rebuild parts of Toll Bar and Bentley after the floods.

Other attractions include donkey rides, face painting and fairground rides in the town centre.

Mr Murray added: “I wish Doncaster the best of luck with their annual Armed Forces event.”