Heroes Welcome in Whitby

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WHITBY is hoping to give a heroes welcome to local troops by hosting an Armed Forces parade through the town.

Whitby Town Council is awaiting final confirmation but it is expected the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (formerly the Green Howards), which has the freedom of the borough, will march in Whitby on Tuesday 19 July.

It would answer calls which have been made in the town over previous years for servicemen and women to be honoured in the town like they are in Scarborough.

The route and road closures are still being finalised but the Whitby Gazette understands the parade route will start from the Church Street car park, go over the swing bridge, along Bagdale and Chubb Hill and end at Pannett Park.

Town Mayor Coun John Freeman told the Gazette: “The 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment enjoys the Freedom of the Borough – which includes Whitby – and we know a strong desire has been expressed for that right to march to be exercised.

“We hope there is a satisfactory conclusion to the discussions taking place with the police and other authorities and we can bring our local regiment to Whitby, so we can honour our Armed Forces, past and present, for the work they carry out.

“If we are successful, it should be a spectacular event and I am in no doubt the people of Whitby will turn out in their droves to support the efforts of the men and women who proudly serve this country, and pay tribute to those close to this town who have served abroad but not returned.”