Flag flying in support of our armed forces

EVENT Mayor Gerald Shimbart, raises the Armed Forces Day flag ahead of Saturday's march
EVENT Mayor Gerald Shimbart, raises the Armed Forces Day flag ahead of Saturday's march
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THE contribution made by the armed forces will be recognised in Havant.

Councillor Gerald Shimbart, mayor of Havant, signalled the countdown to the 47 Regiment Royal Artillery’s march through the town by raising the Armed Forces Day flag on Monday.

Cllr Shimbart hoisted the flag over the Public Service Plaza where it will fly in support of troops.

On Armed Forces Day itself, Saturday, 47 Regiment Royal Artillery will march through Havant with drums beating and bayonets fixed to receive the Freedom of the Borough from Havant Borough Council.

The honour will be conferred on the regiment, based on Thorney Island, in recognition of its bravery and service. The event will see troops marching from Havant Ex-Servicemen’s Club, in Brockhampton Lane, at 10.15am with their colours flying.

They will then march to Havant Park where a ceremony and medals parade will take place at around 10.30am.

Rolling road closures will be in place during the march.