Hundreds of people paid their respects to the town’s war heroes at a special military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day,
The parade, which included cadets from Northamptonshire TA, RAF, Royal Navy, Fire Service and US air force, as well as retired servicemen, began in Abington Square at 3pm on Sunday and continued to the Northampton Guildhall.
There, the parade was met by new Northampton mayor, John Caswell, and representatives of Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and MPs Brian Binley and Michael Ellis.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Yeomanry said: “What happened in D-Day is, absolutely, still significant 70 years on, and I would dread to think what would have happened if our men hadn’t done what they did to win the war.”
Royal British Legion deputy county standard bearer for Northampton, Stephen Corcoran said: “My grandfather was a Royal Navy gunner just after the Normandy landings, he was one of those men who gave us the freedom to live our lives the way we do today.
“It’s still important to remember it and I’m really pleased to see so many people turn out for the parade today.”
Friday, June 6, marked 70 years since the beachhead landings in Normandy signalling the beginning of the Allied Forces’ invasion of German-occupied western Europe. Recognised as the largest seaborne invasion in history and the turning point that led to an Allied Forces victory over the Second World War, thousands of soldiers were killed on the day and many more wounded.