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Redcar to pay tribute to members of Britain's Armed Forces

Published: 20th Jun 2017

A WEEK of events will mark the sacrifice and dedication of Britains Armed Forces in Redcar, culminating in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.

Redcar High Street will see past, present and future members of Britain's Armed Forces united together in remembrance of our fallen heroes and to commemorate their unfaltering dedication to our country.

The flag was raised on Monday 19 June at 10:30am, as organised by the Redcar Branch of the Royal British Legion. This took place in the Garden of Remembrance, opposite the Redcar Cenotaph, on Coatham Road, with local schools in attendance.

On Saturday, Armed Forces Day will begin with the parade as its official opening at 10:20am; the parade will begin on Redcar High Street from the junction with Moor Street, finishing at the Parade area near the tower clock. After the parade, Eric Howden BEM, the Chair of the Redcar Branch of the Royal British Legion, will give an introduction and welcome those participating in the events.

At 10:35am the Raising of the Colours by the Cadets of TS Zetland will kick-start the day's events. Displays and stalls will cover the high street, with military vehicles on Dundas Street, a climbing wall, paintball range and community organisations all taking place on the high street itself.

At 10:45am, Councillor Karen King, the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, will welcome supporters and veterans to the event, and introduce the Service of Remembrance at 10:55am. The Service will no doubt be emotional; including a blessing, the Last Post and the Hymn "I Vow Thee My Country".

Mayor King said: "It's important that as a community we commemorate the dedication and bravery of our Armed Forces. They are unsung heroes, and Armed Forces Day pays tribute to those whose strength in times of uncertainty has kept our country safe.

"The sacrifices of the men and women who have fought bravely in the fields of France in World War Two, and the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, will never be forgotten."

A Spitfire will take to the skies for a fly over to commemorate the Battle of Britain at 1:20pm, followed by a drill display and competition in the Parade area, carried out by the army, air and sea cadets forces. Topline youth choir will perform at 2:15pm and the results of the drill and competition are announced afterwards, where the winners will be presented with the trophy. The evening colours will finish the day, along with a thank you to those taking part.



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