Parade for Corby soldier James Ashworth reorganised

Lance Corporal James Ashworth
Lance Corporal James Ashworth

A parade in Corby to honour a town soldier who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross had to be called off at late notice on Saturday.

The event was due to take place outside the Cube, in Corby town centre, but organisers said that because of the heavy snow it would be unsafe.

The parade was to honour Lance Corporal James Ashworth, who was killed on June 13 last year when his reconnaissance platoon became involved in a battle with the Taliban inside enemy-held compounds.

His Victoria Cross citation said: “He is understood to have fought against huge odds, deliberately exposing himself to enemy fire, and died from a grenade blast as he tried to protect his men.”

The parade would have included members of Lance Corporal Ashworth’s family, as well as members of the Royal Navy Association and Royal Air Force Association.

Cllr Rob McKellar said the decision to cancel the parade was taken because a number of Second World War veterans were due to attend, and the snowy conditions may have been unsafe.

The event is now likely to be held on Saturday, April 6.

The full story about the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Lance Corporal Ashworth can be found by clicking here.