March planned to remember Mansfield’s fallen heroes

Hundreds of people are expected to take to the streets of Mansfield at the weekend to show their support for fallen soldiers from the Mansfield area.

The march, which has been organised by the recently-formed Mansfield Strong organisation will set off from Titchfield Park at around 12 noon and will aim to raise funds for military charities.

The group was initially formed following the death of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month, but has now been broadened out to raise awareness of deceased soldiers from the town - including Taran Cheeseman, who died from an aggressive form of cancer in 2009 after being taken ill while serving in Afghanistan.

Organiser Daniel Hall said: “With this event we really want to make people from the Mansfield area that there are soldiers from the town who have died in recent conflicts while serving for their country.”

From Titchfield Park, the procession will travel through the Market Square and onto the Civic Centre, where members of the Royal British Legion will play the last post and a special flower-laying ceremony will take place.

The march will raise funds for Help for Heroes, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Combat Stress and SSAFA - which offers support to serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.

“We have had a lot of interest on out Facebook site and we are expecting between 2-300 people to attend,” Daniel said.

The will also be a family event at the Ladybrook pub.

To contact the group, call caniel on 07906560584, or through Facebook.