MANSFIELD will be on parade next month at the start of £1m campaign in aid of Help for Heroes.
The event in the town on Saturday 3rd September will feature around 200 serving Armed Forces and ex-Services personnel.
Parade for Heroes aims to raise £5,000 on the day to help servicemen and women who are trying to rebuild their lives after being injured in the line of duty.
And the Mansfield march is being seen as a pilot event that can be rolled out nationally with the aim of raising £1m for Help for Heroes.
Parade for Heroes will start at the top of West Gate at 12.30pm and head into the Market Place, coming to attention in front of the Old Town Hall where it will join musicians who will have been entertaining the crowds since 11.45am.
The Parade will be headed by 15 members of the Seaforth Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band. Behind them will be cohorts from 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment, RAF Scampton, RAF Waddington, RAF Halton, RAF Henlow and RAF Wittering.
Supporting the serving men will be ex-service personnel from six Royal British Legion branches, The Sherwood and Worcestershire Foresters Association, The Royal Grenadiers Association and Army and Air Force Cadets.
Entertainment on the Market Place will be provided by at least one brass band and it is hoped that town centre businesses will show their support by flying flags and holding collections.
The event is being organised by Mansfield PR and Marketing agency, Parker PR with help from the Trustees of the Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial Fund and supported by Chad.
“This is going to be an amazing spectacle in the town centre with all the uniforms, music and the standards flying. It’s a great opportunity for the townsfolk to show their support for the serving men and women who defend our country.
“The 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment has completed several tours of duty and having them with us on the day is an honour.
“We will be making a donation to the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund in appreciation of their support.
“We know that the people around Mansfield have great affection for the soldiers, sailors and airmen who serve our country and we hope they will turn out in numbers and give generously on the day,” said Graham Parker ,of Parker PR.
As a result of the Parade, West Gate will be closed to traffic between 11.45am and 12.30pm on the day. Parking for disabled drivers will also not be available at the top of West Gate between the same times.
l The organisers of the event want to hear from any local serving forces personnel or ex-services associations that would like to join the parade and show their support for Help for Heroes.
Anyone wanting to join the Parade should call 01623 638023.