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Efforts are bloomin’ great

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A dozen volunteers took to the streets of Kimberley to plant 1,000 plants in time for this weekend’s Freedom Parade.

Members of Kimberley Town Council and volunteer members of the public worked all evening planting red, white and blue flowers for the soldiers and veterans from 170 Engineer Group.

Councillor Shane Easom, who represents the town on Broxtowe Borough Council, was one of the volunteers and helped organise it all.

He said: “Kimberley now looks amazing.

“It’s great that the community came together to do this.”

The town council provides about 1,000 plants every year to make the town more colouirful, but they are normally planted in stages over the whole summer period.

However, Coun Easom said the volunteers had their work cut out doing it in one night.

He said: “It was a challenge.

“It took us all about four hours, we were still there at 10pm but we got there in the end.

The flowers went on five main sites across the town – at the war memorial, in the Queen Mother’s garden, Toll Bar Square, land behind the precint and an area near to the Halifax bank on Main Street.

Coun Easom said it would also be nice for the town to be adorned in the flowers for the centenary year of the end of the First World War .

He said: “It ties in nicely with the centenary as well because that’s a year long celebration,” he said.

In a special military parade, soldiers will march through the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, from 11am, to exercise their Freedom of Entry to the Borough, along with veterans from the Royal Engineers Association and led by the Royal Engineers Reserve Band.

Residents are urged to take to the streets.

Following the parade, a service will take place in Hall Om Wong to commemorate the World War One centenary.

However, residents are warned that as the route will be closed for the parade there will be some traffic disruption.

The march follows parades in each of Broxtowe’s four towns after the borough council agreed to confer the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Broxtowe upon 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group in recognition of its achievements, commitment and dedication in the service of this country and as an expression of the high regard which they are held.