News

May 6th 2014

SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES

AROUND 150 soldiers from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group Royal Engineers, together with veterans from the Royal Engineers Association will march through Kimberley on Saturday 17th May, giving local people a chance to salute them as they carry out a special Military Parade, led by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers (Volunteers).

Broxtowe Borough residents are being urged to take to the streets to give a rousing welcome to its Army heroes when the Group, based at Chilwell, will exercise their Right of Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Broxtowe by marching through Kimberley, following tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Residents will be able to cheer the troops on parade as they march through Kimberley Town Centre at 11.00am, followed by a Drum Head Service at Hall Om Wong Park to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Iris White said: “It is a great honour to hold another Freedom Parade in the borough, especially during this important year which marks the centenary of the First World War.

“The Council is committed to recognising the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces community and I hope that local people will join us to show their support and mark this important occasion.”

The march follows parades in Beeston, Eastwood and Stapleford in previous years after Broxtowe Borough Council unanimously agreed to confer the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Broxtowe upon 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group in recognition of their outstanding achievements, commitment and dedication in the service of this country and as an expression of the high regard in which they are held by the Council and members of the community.

Some traffic disruption is likely during the parade.

For more information about the Parade contact the Civic Office on 0115 917 3210, email civic@broxtowe.gov.uk or Kimberley Town Council on 0115 938 2733.