Armed Forces Day led by band

ON PARADE -- the Hucknall and Linby Brass Band march to St Thomas's Church in Kirkby as part of the Armed Forces Day event
ON PARADE -- the Hucknall and Linby Brass Band march to St Thomas's Church in Kirkby as part of the Armed Forces Day event

A PROUD Hucknall band were given the honour of leading an emotionally-charged parade to celebrate the men and women of Britain’s armed forces.

Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass firstly took part in a thanksgiving service at St Thomas’s Church, Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

It was attended by a large congregation, including former and current service personnel and representatives of the Royal British Legion.

The band then provided the music for a march to the headquarters of Ashfield District Council on Urban Road, Kirkby, where speeches were given by council dignitaries.

The Union Jack flag was raised and is still flying above the council offices.

The parade was held as part of the nationwide Armed Forces Day, which was first celebrated in 2009 and was previously known as Veterans’ Day.

Organiser Amanda Clifton said it was a memorable event.

More than 100 supporters joined the parade along Kingsway and Station Street, including members of the Legion and RAF cadets.

“It was a great day of celebration,” Amanda added. “We were very lucky with the weather.”