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Special military parade through streets of Kimberley

Residents in Kimberley are being urged to line the streets to support Armed Forces Day.
Residents in Kimberley are being urged to line the streets to support Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Kimberley next month with a special military parade through the town centre.

Members of the public will be able to line the streets on Saturday, June 30 (from 11 am) as soldiers and veterans take part in a march.

The parade will be followed by a service at Hall Om Wong park to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The troops taking part will be from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, based at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Nottingham. They will be joined by veterans from the Royal Engineers Association and led by the Royal Engineers Reserve Band.

The event has been organised by Broxtowe Borough Council after it agreed to confer the status of Freedom Of Entry to the borough on the 170 group. It is the borough’s equivalent of Freedom of the City.

A spokesman for the council said: “This was in recognition of the group’s outstanding achievements, commitment and dedication in the service of this country, and as an expression of the high regard in which it is held by the council and by members of the community.”

Residents in the Kimberley area are being urged to take to the streets to give a rousing welcome to its Army heroes during the parade.

During the event, the streets that make up the route of the parade will be closed, so there will be some traffic disruption.

The 170 group is a hybrid Army unit made up of regulars and reserves that recruits from across the UK. Its main focus is supporting defence infrastructure projects and government departments around the world on operations, providing humanitarian aid and supporting civil emergencies.

For instance, last year, the group went on a variety of operations in Estonia and Iraq.