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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Parade plan to mark the Great War

A parade will take place in Workington next month as part of commemorative events to mark World War One.

Bill Bacon photo
Bill Bacon

Mayor Bill Bacon decided to hold the parade, at 11am on May 10, when the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster regimental band will lead dignitaries from the central car park through the town to the war memorial in Vulcan’s Park.

It will be followed by a service at St Michael’s Church.

Mr Bacon wants community groups to get in touch to take part, and primary schools across Allerdale have been invited, together with civic dignitaries from other authorities and parish councils.

He began working on the idea last year and said it was important to recognise the contribution of people in the area to the armed forces “both today and in times gone by”.

“A hundred years is a long time - but it’s not so long when you consider that people alive now had relatives who fought in the two world wars,” he explained.

“This event is our contribution to the commemoration of all those who gave service and sacrifice, and to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One. I am pleased to be able to host this event in my mayoral year.”

This month, a 200-strong military parade is due to march through Maryport as part of centenary celebrations.

Brownies, Guides, Army and Sea Cadets, and members of Maryport and District Combined Services Association will march on April 26. It has been organised by the Rotary Club of Maryport for the weekend closest to St George’s Day.

HMS Challenger’s sea-going unit from Liverpool,which has connections to Maryport, will be in the parade alongside civic leaders and members of the clergy.

There will be musical accompaniment from the Flimby Brass Band.

The parade is due to begin at 2pm in Fleming Square and will come to a halt outside the Navy Club on the town’s south quay.

Any community groups interested in taking part in the Workington parade are asked to contact the event organisers on 01900 702544 as soon as possible.

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