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Armed Forces Day service and parade

Published Tuesday, 18 June 2024

A special service and parade will be held in Hinckley on Saturday 29 June to enable people to show their support for the Armed Forces.

Organised by the Borough Council in partnership with the Hinckley combined Armed Forces and Veterans Community and Churches Together, the event will include representatives from several regiments, nationalities, sections, and services, including the local cadet forces. 

Now in its 16th year, Armed Forces Day offers everyone a chance to thank the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, and cadets.  

At 10.45am a procession will leave from outside Jaspers store on Castle Street and march down Castle Street and into Argents Mead for a service at 11am which will be led by Reverend Ian Hill of St Mary’s Church. After, the parade will go down Castle Street and along Station Road where a formal salute will be taken.

The salute will be led by Col Richard Hurwood DL, who will be representing Mr Michael Kapur OBE CStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire. 

A variety of military vehicles and memorabilia will be on display in Argents Mead for visitors to view, these are kindly supplied by volunteers including those from Charnwood MVT (affiliated to the Military Vehicle Trust) and their members. A walk about ‘Biggles’ will also be in the Mead offering balloon modelling. 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s Events Organiser Cat Stilling said:

"Armed Forces Day is both an opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and a celebration for the steadfast service that our serving, reserves and veterans have given. The day offers the opportunity to consider the wider armed forces family such as those Cadet Forces, servicemen and women's families and civilian support personnel. 

“Following on from the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of D-Day I hope that residents and visitors will take the opportunity to come and support Armed Forces Day, previous events have been very well attended, with the historic vehicle collection receiving fantastic reviews."