Parade marks veterans day

Step back in time: Cast members of A Salute to the 1940s.
Step back in time: Cast members of A Salute to the 1940s.
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WAR veterans will march shoulder-to-shoulder with young cadets as Sheffield honours servicemen and women.

About 200 people are set to take part in a parade through the city centre on Saturday to mark the national day of recognition.

The event will see members of Sheffield’s British Legion branches, Yorkshire regiments of the armed forces, the local Territorial Army and cadets come together ahead of the national Veterans and Armed Forces Day on June 30.

Members of the public are being invited to show their support as the procession kicks off from Millennium Square at noon. This will be followed by a medal-giving ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall.

As a special treat, Sheffield-based Groovy Gazza Productions will be transporting parade-goers back in time to wartime Britain with their variety show A Salute to the 1940s, which they are putting on in the Peace Gardens.

Gary Birtles, producer at Groovy Gazza Productions, said: “We’re delighted to be asked back. Last time, everyone got into the spirit, singing and waving flags.”

Representatives from local military organisations will also have displays and demonstrations in Fargate and Barker’s Pool in the city centre.

Christine Spencer, chairman of the Royal British Legion in South Yorkshire, said: “Marking Armed Forces Day is important to people in Sheffield and the rest of the country.”