By Tim Clarke 20/03 Updated: 20/03 16:57
MORE THAN 250 troops from the Grenadier Guards and The Queen's Royal Hussars are set to receive a hero's welcome when they march through Worcester this summer.
Marching bands will accompany the soldiers as they parade through the city centre on Thursday, June 27 just ahead of national Armed Forces Day on June 30.
The parade will be followed by an official reception at the Guildhall and a public event at Worcester Racecourse, which will also host a charity race in aid of Help For Heroes.
It is hoped thousands will line the streets to cheer on the troops just like they did in December 2009 when a homecoming parade for the Second Battalion Mercian Regiment sparked memorable scenes of celebration.
Worcester Mayor Councillor David Tibbutt, said: “It is all too easy to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy in Britain, but without the commitment, determination and bravery of our armed forces we would not be able to lead the lives we do.
“It is only right that the people of Worcester should honour the men and women who selflessly defend our freedoms, so I’m sure there will be hundreds of people lining the streets on June 27.”
For The Queen’s Royal Hussars, the event will be a homecoming parade following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Grenadier Guards will be exercising their Freedom of the City, awarded to them in 1993, to march through Worcester’s streets with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.
The parade will begin on Kleve Walk at 11am, crossing Deansway before passing along the High Street where the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire and the Mayor will take the salute outside the Guildhall.
Music will be provided by the world famous Grenadier Guards Band and the Pipes and Drums of The Queen’s Royal Hussars.
The parade will end at 11.30am before a free public event in the centre course enclosure of the Racecourse, giving local people the chance to meet members of the Armed Forces.
There will be a full day of races, including a fund-raiser for Help For Heroes along with music and displays of war horses and military vehicles.
Jenny Cheshire, the racecourse's commercial manager, said: “We’re hoping hundreds of local people will join us to celebrate the bravery of our armed forces and to raise vital funds for Help For Heroes.”
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