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Special day to honour veterans

HUNDREDS of veterans are to take part in a parade this Saturday to launch Veterans' Day in Newtownards.

A service of thanksgiving will follow the parade in Londonderry Park.

The Park will open to the public at 11am, with the parade beginning at 11.30am. The service will be followed by a display by the PSNI dog handling team at 12.15pm and then a concert by the Band of the RIR (V) at 1.15pm.

A war time living history group will bring an authentic feel to the day, while throughout the afternoon, visitors can get active with the army on a life-size cockpit, climbing walls, inflatable assault courses and a paintball range. There will also be displays of historic military vehicles by War Years Remembered and the Ulster Military Vehicle Club, as well as a food village and stalls selling military memorabilia.

Children can try a bungee run, archery, tug of war, body zorbes and gladiator duel.

Organised by Ards Borough Council in conjunction with the 38 (Irish) Brigade, Reserve Forces and Cadets and with the support of the Royal British Legion, the event is intended to recall the long service given by people from across Northern Ireland during wars and operations worldwide, as well as to mark the on-going service given by both Regulars and Reservists.

Visitors planning to attend the event are reminded that car parking in Londonderry Park will be restricted to Blue Badge holders with the event organisers providing free car parking at Castle Bawn opposite the Tesco store.

The Veterans' Day at Londonderry Park in Newtownards takes place on Saturday, September 21, from 11am to 4pm. For further details contact Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846.

Belfast Telegraph