Parade to honour armed forces will take place in Romford this morning
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2015
Crowds will line the streets of Romford town centre to honour the men and woman who put their lives on the line serving in the armed forces this morning (Saturday).
As the town marks Armed Forces Day one man will raffle a ceramic poppy from the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation to support charity, Veterans Aid.
David Wilkinson, 67, of Romford, hopes to raise £500 for the charity, which supports veterans who find themselves in crisis.
He said: “It’s a small charity but they do a lot of work that helps the people that put their lives on lives on the line and lost limbs for us. It’s repaying them for all they have done for us.”
David purchased his poppy after helping to plant the installation which was visited by millions last year.
Tickets for the raffle can be purchased from Romford Shopping Hall, in Market Place, where it will be drawn after the parade.
Serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets will be among those who march through the town.
The parade will start at the junction of South Street and Arcade Place at 10.30am finishing at Tollgate House, in Market Place.
Councillor John Crowder, Havering Council’s member champion for the Armed Forces, said:
“I hope that many Havering families will be coming along to this event to show their support for our armed forces, those who have, past and present, helped to keep us safe.
“This annual day is the perfect opportunity for us to show how proud we are of them, and how we appreciate the sacrifices they make and the courage they show in risking their own lives to serve their country.”
The armed forces flag was raised outside Havering Town Hall by the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Brian Eagling, on Monday to mark the contribution of servicemen and women ahead of the parade.