Pictures of the Armed Forces Parade in the town centre taken last year by Kirsty Edmonds.

Take a look back on Armed Forces Day in Northampton as 2020 celebrations go virtual tomorrow

Virtual celebrations will mark this year’s Armed Forces Day in Northampton in place of the traditional town centre parade

By Carly Roberts
Friday, 26th June 2020, 3:12 pm

Northampton Borough Council has been busy behind the scenes during the pandemic organising an Armed Forces Parade online tomorrow (June 27).

A programme of videos will play on the Mayor’s Facebook page and on Northampton Borough Council’s YouTube channel throughout the morning, beginning at 10am with a welcome speech from the mayor, councillor Brian Sargeant.

He said: “The annual parade of marching troops, veterans and reserves has become an important fixture in the town’s events calendar, and it's also a day to honour the invaluable work that our armed forces do both here in the UK and overseas.

“In the absence of a live event this year, we have a wealth of contributors who have created some wonderful videos for us to share on my Facebook page and on YouTube. We hope you can tune in and watch, so we can continue to show just how proud we are of all our military personnel, both past and present.”

This will be followed with speeches from councillors, local dignitaries, and military representatives, including the Lord Lieutenant James Saunders-Watson, the High Sheriff Paul Parsons, the Lieutenant Colonel Jane Chappell, chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association and Phil York from the Royal British Legion.

The annual flag raising will take place at 10.45am, then at 11am, further videos showing the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadets, and others will play.

Viewers can then enjoy a selection of photos taken at last year’s parade, shared by freelance photographer Kirsty Edmondson, along with photos from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.

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