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Attention! Soldiers to parade in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

  • Mercian March

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HUNDREDS of people are set to line the streets of Burton to salute members of the Mercian regiment.

The 3rd Battalion from the Mercians, the local regiment for Burton, are to parade through the town centre on Thursday, June 26.

Families will be able to show their support at the home-coming parade for their loved ones who have been risking their lives for Queen and country.

The march was followed by a civic ceremony at Burton Town Hall.

Julian Mott, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, urged people across the town to ‘line the streets and support the troops’.

He said: “It will be a great occasion to see the soldiers marching through the town and I hope people from across the town line the streets and show their support.

“These are a group of brave individuals, who head out across the world doing a job that many of us would not sign up for.

“After marching through the town, the troops will head to Burton Town Hall for a civic reception where we officially thank them for their efforts on behalf of everyone in East Staffordshire.”

Troops from 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment last marched through the town in 2011 after returning home from a tour in Afghanistan.

As a result of the latest parade, which will take place between 2pm and 3pm, several roads in the area will be closed off.

Borough council chiefs revealed that Guild Street, Station Street, Worthington Way, High Street, Market Place and Lichfield Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the march through the town.

Alternative routes will be available via Horninglow Street, Union Street, Borough Road and New Street.

News of the march through the town comes two years after it was revealed that Ministry of Defence bosses would be scrapping the Mercian Regiment as part of cuts.

However, efforts are being made, involving town MP Andrew Griffiths, in a bid to make sure the identity of the former Staffordshire regiment will not be lost.

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