Remembrance Parade in March will be the biggest ever seen

Remembrance Parade, March. Picture: Steve Williams.

Remembrance Parade, March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The Remembrance Parade in March is set to be the biggest ever seen in town with the news that a full army regiment unit, which has recently moved to the area, will be joining the event.

The extra soldiers, who are providing a curry lunch from a field kitchen at the Royal British Legion after the event, will take the number of marchers up to around 500 people - compared to around 70 in 2008.

The busy parade has left organisers trying to come up with a plan for next year to make sure everybody who wants to join in can be accommodated.

Parade marshall Nigel Spencer said: “It is fantastic that we have so much support and that we have a complete army unit wishing to join our event but we are not sure how we are all going to fit into St Peter’s Church.

“We may have to set up some kind of outside speakers. Next year we may consider holding the service around the memorial.

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“It’s the first time we’ve had a complete unit join the parade. More and more organisations join every year which is fantastic news to have so much support.”

The new unit is the 42 Engineer Regiment, which was recently transferred from Newbury to RAF Wyton as part of a massive reshuffle in the army.

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Mr Spencer said that all ex service personnel were encouraged to join in the remembrance Parade on Sunday November 9.

“There is no funding for these parades, all those taking part give up their time for free and many have done so for years it would be nice if this year some of these people could be praised for their support,” he said.

The parade sets off from Sainsburys at 10.30am to get to the service at St Peter’s Church at 11am.

The congregation then leave the church to make their way to the town’s war memorial for a wreath laying and two minutes silence at mid day.

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