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Harborough out on parade for Armed Forces Day

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Organisers of the sixth annual Armed Forces Day event in Harborough were delighted with the support it received this year.

The event on Sunday attracted an estimated crowd of 1,200 people.

Guests of honour included Chelsea pensioners Bill Cantrell and John Cuthbert, both aged in their 90s, who travelled up from Royal Chelsea Hospital and were given overnight accommodation at Harborough’s Angel Hotel.

J Stamp & Sons kindly gave them a lift to the opening ceremony where they received a warm welcome and spent time visiting the displays and having their photos taken.

Harborough Carnival Queen Amber Morris made a short speech to open the event, thanking veterans and serving personnel for their work of winning and keeping the peace in Europe.

There was a display by First World War re-enactors with uniforms, weaponry and first-aid from the period.

Children from Harborough CofE School sang a song and there was music of the Second World War era from Peter Wayre and The Dolce Sisters.

The Rev John Morley, from the event’s committee, said: “It was a great day and much enjoyed by exhibitors and visitors. I would like to thank everyone who shared in the event.”

 

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