Cumbernauld to stage its own Armed Forces Day parade

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Former military personnel will stage Cumbernauld’s first ever Armed Forces Day event in Cumbernauld town centre tomorrow (Saturday May 6)

The commemoration has been timed in its convenient weekend slot to partly honour Victory over Europe Day which falls two days later.

Organisers at the Royal British Legion will start a giant procession at the B&M car park at 12 noon - which will make its way via Central Way back to their own South Muirhead Road headquarters.

A salute will then by taken by Colonel Allan Laplsey and the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ will be recited by Councillor Paddy Hogg.

There will be further celebrations and displays at the legion itself once the ceremonial part of the event is over.

However, the event is going ahead despite a setback when North Lanarkshire Council refused to comply with a request to raise awareness of the event and provide some financial assistance.

The authority has argued that it already stages its own so-called Fly A Flag ceremony to mark the start of Armed Forces Week which culminates with Armed Forces Day on the last Saturday in June - and lacks the resources to help elsewhere a month earlier.

However, Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Petrie said: “It was because all these events in North Lanarkshire take place in Motherwell that we in the British Legion decided to hold this event in Cumbernauld to give locals the opportunity to support their Armed Forces.

“This reaction seems typical of the council’s neglect of Cumbernauld.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the procession is asked to muster at B&M at 11am.