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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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A town pays its tribute for Armed Forces Day

Spontaneous applause erupted as soldiers, veterans and cadets marched proudly through the streets of Workington at the Armed Forces Day parade.

Saturday’s event had added poignancy this year after the murder of drummer Lee Rigby by Islamic terrorists in London.

Hundreds of people gathered in Workington town centre to show that pride and gratitude are stronger forces than fear and violence.

Corporal Ross Murphy, 24, of Workington, serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, marched at the head of the parade.

He said: “This has proven that we can show respect to Lee Rigby and his family by coming out in uniform with our chests out and our heads held high. It is good to know that you are appreciated.”

Marching alongside Corporal Murphy were Kingsman Daniel Vasquez, 20, of the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, also from Workington, and Daniel Winthrop, 19, of Maryport, who serves as a chef in the 4 Logistic Support Regiment based at Abingdon, near Oxford.

Starting out from Pow Street at 11am, the parade was led by the North Tyneside Pipe Band.

Also taking part were bikers from the Royal British Legion’s Riders Branch, sea cadets from TS Vanguard and air cadets from the 2199 Squadron.

Flight lieutenant Sharif Mustafa, 41, who was parade commander, said: “After recent events it was very poignant to hear riotous applause when the march started off from the town centre.”

People lined the streets with flags as the parade made its way down Finkle Street and on to the cenotaph in Vulcan Park.

Canon Bryan Rowe, rector of St Michael’s Church, led a moving service of thanksgiving.

People sang God Our Help in Ages Past, He Who Would Valiant Be and Thine Be the Glory before making their way to the Royal British Legion in St John’s Court for food and entertainment.

The day included displays by the cadets, highland dancing, a tea dance and a tombola.

Organiser Lesley Jackson, 50, of Richmond Croft, is a prominent fund-raiser for Workington Royal British Legion, and has two sons serving in the army.

She said: “It has been a great atmosphere and everybody has wanted to take part.”

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Wonderful sense of comaraderie, thank you very much.

Posted by Prashanth Thirukkonda on 7 July 2013 at 04:07

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