Parade to honour servicemen and women

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BRAVE servicemen and women are being honoured with a march in Leigh to mark the upcoming Armed Forces Day.

There will be a celebratory parade before the match between Leigh Centurions and York City Knights on June 23 to hail former veterans.

It will feature 10 standard bearers with a guard of honour from various regiments across the borough marching to military music in the stadium. And Shadow Health Secretary and Leigh MP, Andy Burnham will greet players and veterans before kick off - and join the veterans in a corporate box donated to them for the day by North Leigh Park Group Limited.

Charles Billson, Chairman of North Leigh Park Group Limited, said: “We are particularly pleased to offer our Matchday Experience Package to the Veterans Council, and especially grateful to Leigh Sports Village that we are able to organise a parade of Veterans from the community. Hopefully this will be a match that people will remember, especially ahead of this year’s Armed Forces Day on the June 29.”

The Deputy Mayor of Wigan, the Mayor of York, the Sheriff of York, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Janet Gorry, the CEO of the Veterans Council will also attend.