Returning soldiers to be honoured at Malmesbury parade today
Bravery will be rewarded at a medals ceremony in Malmesbury today, with 150 children of returning soldiers also due to receive recognition.
People are expected to line the streets to witness and celebrate the return of 350 soldiers from 9 Theatre Logistic Corps (9TLR), based at Buckley Barracks, after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Major Alex Cornell, the officer in command of the squadron, said: “The regiment will march through Malmesbury and will finish at the central car park (Cross Hayes).
“There will be two VIP marquees and the children of the soldiers will be sitting on mats in front of the marquees so they will have front row seats.
“They will then watch their father or mother getting their medals and then the children will all stand up and move forward on to the parade square, where the military VIP who presented the medal to their parent will then give them their medal.
“We are doing it to say ‘thank you’ to the children for putting up with their parent being away.”
The soldiers will be marching through the town centre to the ‘parade square’ shortly before 11am. Medals will be awarded at 11am and at around 12.05pm they will march from Cross Hayes, through the High Street, to Malmesbury Abbey, followed by the town’s Freeman and Macebearers.
Cross Hayes and Holloway Hill will be closed for a few hours throughout the morning. Abbey Row and the High Street should be closed temporarily for the parade, for about 15 minutes.
A service will take place at the abbey at 12.30pm.
The Corps formed part of the Theatre Logistics Group, responsible for providing the deployed British forces with supplies.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) has organised a remembrance concert to be held at the abbey on Thursday, November 7, at 7.30pm, with a performance from Wroughton Silver Band.
On Remembrance Sunday, November 10, there will be a wreath laying at the war memorial at lower High Street at 10am.
The RBL old corporation and town councillors will parade from the town hall to the abbey for a service at 2.30pm.
At 10.30am in Crudwell there will be wreath laying outside the church and a service will be held at Sherston Church at 10.45pm.
On November 11, there will be a two-minute silence held at the abbey.
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