‘Great honour’ for Kimberley

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Soldiers will parade through Kimberley next month for the Royal Engineers’ Freedom Parade.

The march follows parades held in Beeston, Eastwood and Stapleford in previous years after Broxtowe Borough Council unanimously decided to confer the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Broxtowe upon 170 Engineer Group in recognition of their outstanding achievements, commitment and dedication in the service of this country.

Kimberley Town Council vice chairman Dave Nunn said for Kimberley to have the parade the year of the World War One centenary was ‘a ‘great honour’.

“The decision to route 2014’s Freedom Parade through Kimberley gives our community an opportunity to take part directly in local and national commemorations of this year’s Great War centenary,” he said.

“It is a great honour for Kimberley and will be an important day in the town’s history.”

Around 70 soldiers from the Royal Engineers and 120 members of the Royal Engineers Association will parade through the town before meeting dignitaries.

The parade will finish at Hall Om Won park with a military service.

The events are organised by Broxtowe Borough Council and more detail will be released over the next few weeks.

The exact route and details of the organisations involved on the day are not yet known.

The soldiers paraded through Eastwood back in 2012 and residents, shopkeepers and school children all came out waving flags to mark the occasion.