Organisers say Wellingborough’s Armed Forces Day parade will go ahead as planned

Last year's parade through Wellingborough
Last year's parade through Wellingborough

Organisers of Wellingborough’s Armed Forces Day parade have said the annual event will go ahead as planned.

The Northants Telegraph reported this week that organisers of Rushden’s Armed Forces Weekend have said while the rest of the planned events will go ahead, the parade is cancelled following the terror attacks in Manchester and London.

Since then, members of Wellingborough’s Royal British Legion (RBL) have met and decided their parade for Armed Forces Day will still go ahead as planned on June 24.

Chairman of the Wellingborough branch Ian Nunney said: “There’s 72 different diverse communities in Wellingborough and we all live together, not in perfect harmony but very close, and we are not going to let a small group of mindless thugs who carry out atrocities stop us.

“I was expecting people to suggest cancelling the parade, but it will go ahead because it shows the town that we are there for the Armed Forces.”

The branch made its decision after contacting the police and discussing the arrangements with them in light of recent events.

Ian said they will be taking ‘proper precautions’ as they always do for the annual event held to recognise the work of the Armed Forces.

They will raise the flag outside The Hind hotel in Sheep Street, Wellingborough, at 9am on Saturday, June 24.

They will be joined by Wellingborough mayor Paul Bell and the county’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant during the day, which will include a march past the flag and through the town starting at 1pm.

With numerous cadet groups and Wellingborough Scouts taking part, the march is expected to have between 150 and 200 people there.

The Salvation Army band will be playing and there will be events in the town centre during the day, including information about getting involved with the Legion and its work locally.

Ian hopes lots of people will come out and show their support on the day, adding: “The Armed Forces really are the backbone of our security and once a year it is an opportunity for people to say thank you for the work the Armed Forces do because theirs is a thankless task.”

The day will come to a close with the ceremonial sunset at about 5.30pm.

To read more about the Rushden parade being cancelled, click here