Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Crich, Sunday 4th July - A service for our soldiers

Servicemen and women past and present and their families will gather at the war memorial in Crich for a service of remembrance this week.

The annual regimental pilgrimage for the Mercian Regiment will take place on Sunday, 4th July.

It will commemorate the lives of those members of the regiment who have given their lives in service to the country.

Hundreds of serving and former members of the regiment are expected to turn out to the event, which will kick off at the landmark memorial at 3pm.

More than 50 local dignitaries, including deputy mayor of Amber Valley, Cllr Ron Ashton, have been invited to attend the event.

Lieutenant Colonel Keith Seddon, who is responsible for the event, said: "Normally if we have got a memorial it's a case of the longer it's there the less population will visit it, but it always turns out to be the opposite here. More and more people come to the pilgrimage every year, come rain, wind or shine.

"The support for the regiment is fantastic at the moment."

The pilgrimage will be led by the colonel of the regiment, Brigadier A R D Sharpe OBE and the main service will be led by the Right Rev Paul Butler, who is the Bishop of Southwel and Nottingham Families of those soldiers who have recently lost their lives in Afghanistan will later gather at the dedicated post-1945 memorial for a small ceremony of remembrance.

The Mercian Regiment includes soldiers from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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