Town plans a heroes’ farewell

Residents of a market town are being urged to turn out in their droves to bid a fond farewell to forces’ heroes preparing for life overseas.
Troops from the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) will be staging a freedom march through Guisborough on Wednesday, July 20.
The spectacular parade will take in several streets in the town centre, before the battalion leaves the UK for postings in Cyprus and then Germany.
While in Cyprus, the troops will serve as Theatre Reinforcement Battalion, supporting on-going operations in Afghanistan.
And plans are now being made for Guisborough to see them off in style, with a fitting celebration.
The parade will begin at Belmont House at 11.15am, before heading up New Road and turning right into Westgate.
Troops will march along Westgate before stopping at the Market Cross for inspection by the Mayor of Guisborough, Councillor Mike Kilby, and speeches.
The parade will then continue along Church Street, acknowledging the Cenotaph, before ending at Prior Pursglove College.
Councillor Kilby said: “It is an honour for Guisborough Town Council to host such an event and welcome the battalion to our town. It is also an opportunity for our local communities to thank the troops for the courageous work they do.”
Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Olwyn Peters, will be among the dignitaries attending.
She said: “It is a great honour to be involved in recognising the dedication and heroism of our troops as part of this event.
“I hope residents of Guisborough and visitors really turn out in force to say farewell to our service personnel and wish them a successful tour.”

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