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Saffron Walden celebrates Armed Forces Day

Saffron Walden will celebrate Armed Forces Day with a parade through the town on Saturday 24 June.

33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) on parade

Over 200 soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) based at Carver Barracks will set off from Common Hill West at 1.50pm to march through the town and exercise the Freedom of Uttlesford.

Marching to the beat of the Band of The Parachute Regiment, the soldiers will march from Common Hill West, along Church Street and onto the High Street. They will continue onto King Street and into the Market Square where the Mayor of Saffron Walden Town Council, Cllr Dr Richard Freeman, will inspect the parade. He will be then be joined by the Chairman of Uttlesford District Council, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, to take the salute.

Armed Forces Day is a chance for the public to show their support to military personnel and their families - from currently serving troops to families, veterans and cadets.

The celebrations will continue in the afternoon when 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) host a fayre on the Common.

A range of military equipment will be on display including the Mastiff armoured vehicle, a tactical quad bike, a Pinzgauer troop carrier and a Wolfhound. There will also be fun fair attractions.

Toe-tapping music will be played by local bands and activities for the children will include face painting, an assault course, bouncy castle and an animal petting area.

A wide range of food stands will also be on site.

Cllr Dr Richard Freeman said: "It will be an honour to see the troops and inspect the parade. I look forward to joining the many people who will come and celebrate Armed Forces Day with our soldiers."

Cllr Sell said: "The district is proud to mark this national event and I would encourage the local community to come out and show their support."

33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) forms part of 29 EOD and Search Group and has plenty of operational and defence engagement experience.

Last month, it deployed a 12-man team deployed to Nigeria to deliver search-awareness and bomb disposal training to the country's Armed Forces as part of the on-going efforts to train local forces to combat Boko Haram.

19 June 2017