Hartlepool gets ready to pay its respects to our armed forces

Standard bearers waiting to march before the parade during a previous Armed Forces Day march in Hartlepool.
Standard bearers waiting to march before the parade during a previous Armed Forces Day march in Hartlepool.
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Veterans are preparing to mark their efforts to defend their country in a celebration of the services past, present and future.

A parade and service will be held in Hartlepool as part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 27, organised by the Combined Ex-Servicemen’s Association.

Remembrance Day gives us the chance to remember those, this is about saying we came back and we’re proud to show it.

Tug Wilson

Tug Wilson, 70, is the northern region’s representative on the national executive committee of the Royal Artillery Association.

Mr Wilson, who served in the Army from 1962 to 1997, said: “It’s a good thing and a pat on the back really and recognition for what they have done.

“Some did not make it back and paid the ultimate price, we were lucky enough to not be killed.

“Remembrance Day gives us the chance to remember those. This is about saying we came back and we’re proud to show it.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger each year and I think a lot of that has to do with Afghanistan.”

Among those to attend next weekend’s event, in addition to the association, will be members of the sea, air and Army cadet groups and the Territorial Army.

Anyone wishing to march in the parade should meet at the car park near the Jackson’s Wharf pub at the marina by 10.40am.

The parade will then march to the nearby Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience car park, where the short service will be held at 11am.

Once the service is over, the parade will march back to the Jackson’s Wharf car park, where it will fall out.

People who only wish to attend the service should assemble at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience car park at 10.50am.

For more information, call 01429 523702 or 523704.