Cheer our soldiers on march through Corby

The parade will end at James Ashworth VC Square
The parade will end at James Ashworth VC Square

A call has been made for residents to turn out in their thousands and line the streets when the Royal Anglian Regiment marches through Corby.

The historic occasion on Monday, July 21, is a chance for the borough to thank the men and women who serve their country.

The regiment was granted Freedom of the Borough in 2012, the first organisation to be awarded the honour.

Corby mayor Anthony Dady said: “This will be a historic moment for the borough. It will be something that visually and emotionally will make an impact and something that we should take pride in celebrating. The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour we can bestow on the regiment and shows our support and appreciation to the brave men and women who fight for our country.”

About 200 soldiers, including a military band, will make their way from West Glebe Park pavilion, leaving at about 11.40am, and will march up Elizabeth Street, along Alexandra Road and George Street to James Ashworth VC Square.

After a short ceremony, during which the borough and the regiment will exchange crests, a reception will be held for the Royal Anglians at The Core theatre.

Cllr Dady said: “Being able to hold the ceremony within James Ashworth VC Square is extremely important and brings home just how much our soldiers sacrifice for our country.”

Lance Corporal James Ashworth, a former pupil of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after he was killed in action in Helmand, Afghanistan, in June 2012.

The mayor added: “We hope the route of the parade will be full of faces supporting and cheering on the regiment and showing them in just some small way how much support that they have here in Corby.”

Police have advised the council on security procedures for the event, which will be attended by Corby Royal British Legion representatives and other veterans’ organisations.

The Freedom of the Borough was also bestowed on late Corby councillors Jimmy Kane and Tom Sykes.

The regiment will also parade through Kettering later that day at 3.40pm.