Armed forces celebrations for Mirfield

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THE contribution of the country’s armed forces will be celebrated with a series of events in Mirfield next week.

The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised on Monday during a ceremony organised by Mirfield Town Council and the Royal British Legion.

The ceremony will take place outside the town council building in Huddersfield Road at 11am and the flag will fly all week.

And on Saturday June 25, there will be a march and display of military vehicles to mark Armed Forces Day and National Service Day.

The march, led by the Corps of Drums of 868 Squadron Air Training Corps, will set off from Ings Grove Park at 11am.

British Legion detachments from across Kirklees will be represented and the salute will be taken by West Yorkshire Deputy Lieutenant Hardy and the Mayor of Mirfield, Coun Pat Sutcliffe.

There will be a short Drumhead service when the parade reaches Mirfield Showground.

The celebrations will continue at the Old Colonial with a free buffet, a display of classic cars and military vehicles, a performance from the Wakefield City Morrismen, and a marching and drumming display by 868 Squadron.

The charities being supported at the events will be the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Meanwhile, the Old Colonial will host a combined services formal dinner night on June 25.

Phone Tim Wood on 01924 496920 for more details or to buy tickets priced £25.