VIDEO: Parade honours Victoria Cross hero

A parade to honour Corby solider Lance Corporal James Ashworth, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, took place on Saturday, April 6.

People lined George Street in Corby to watch the parade as it made its way to the Corby Cube, where standards were dipped and a two minute silence was held.

Members of Royal British Legion branches across the county, the Armed Forces and cadets took part in the parade, along with local officials and members of the public.

L/Cpl Ashworth, 23, of Corby, was killed as he stormed an insurgent position in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand in June 2012.

His conduct in putting himself in the line of fire to protect his colleagues has been rewarded with the Victoria Cross (VC), the first award of the honour since 2006.

Speaking at the event, his mum Kerry said: “Everyone always comes out to support James, even those who didn’t know him. I didn’t want it to be a sad day. I wanted it to be nice today, to celebrate rather than to mourn him.

“I was really surprised that there was so many people, but it was the same when we had his funeral.”

Family friend Hugh McBurnie, 54, said: “It was a fitting tribute for James. It was nice to see that so many people came out.”

L/Cpl Ashworth’s friend Jermaine Jones, 24, said: “He was a massive part of our social group so I wanted to pay my respects to him, and those who serve with the Armed Forces.”

The event had originally been scheduled for March 23, but had to be called off due to heavy snowfall.

The parade’s organiser, Corby councillor Rob McKellar, said: “We were disappointed to have to call the parade off previously but the weather conditions meant that it just wouldn’t have been safe.

“Lance Corporal Ashworth was brought up and schooled in Corby and so it is right that we should honour his memory and his bravery in Corby Town Centre which is right at the heart of the borough.

“Corby is proud of the sacrifice that Lance Corporal Ashworth gave for his country and his name will go down in history both as a local and a national hero.”

To see more pictures from the parade click here.