Parade set to mark Armed Forces Day
Berwick is a town with a long and historic link to the British military and, as such, everyone is invited to support Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 24.
British forces are still widely deployed around the world and those serving are still putting their lives on the line every day for our freedoms.
The day will begin at 11am with a Drumhead service in St Andrew’s Kirk, on Wallace Green, 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 Royal British Legion (RBL), Berwick Scooterist, the RBL motorcycle riders, Berwick AFC and ACF, a display of vintage military vehicles and MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
The parade will begin at Wallace Green at around 11.45am and follow a route through Walkergate and down through Marygate to the Guild Hall where the final salute will be taken.
In addition, the Guild Hall will be open from 11am for teas, coffees and a huge variety of stalls with stands from the 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 ever event,” a spokesman from the RBL explained.
“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 forgotten.