FORCES: Back this worthy event

Berwick is a town with a long and historic link to the British military and, as such, we invite everyone to join with us to say a word of thanks on Armed Forces Day on June 24.

Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 07:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 07:46 am

Despite a lack of widespread press coverage, our forces are still widely deployed and those serving are still putting their lives on the line every day for our freedoms.

With that in mind, we would encourage as many people as possible to support this worthy event.

The day will begin at 11am with a drumhead service in St Andrew’s Kirk, Wallace Green.

This will be followed by a short parade featuring the massed pipe bands of the Berwick Pipe Band under Brenda Rollo, the North East England Cadet Pipes and Drums under Major Eyton Parker, the local RBL, Berwick Scooterist, the RBL motorcycle riders, Berwick AFC and ACF, a display of vintage military vehicles and our MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

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The parade will begin at Wallace Green at around 11.45am, and follow a route through Walkergate and down Marygate to the Guild Hall, where the final salute will be taken.

In addition, the Guild Hall will be open from 11am for tea, coffee and a huge variety of stalls.

There will be stands from the Royal British Legion, TillVAS, the Berwick Archives and a range of other local organisations.

Armed Forces Day in Berwick has been growing year on year, and this year we are delighted to be able to offer our biggest event yet.

For everyone in the town, this is an important event and a chance to say a simple thank-you to those who risk their lives on a daily basis for our freedom.

Armed Forces Day came into being in 2006 when the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown set out plans to ensure that the contribution of our veterans could never be forgotten.

The day is not a national holiday, but in 2007 former Livingston, West Lothian MP Jim Devine tabled a House of Commons Early Day Motion calling for the day to be a public holiday, thus further showing the importance of remembering those who gave their heart and soul for the safety and security of the UK.

Mhairi Derby-Pitt

Royal British Legion, North Northumberland Branch