Troops set to march for St George’s Day

Soldiers of 58 Eyres Battery of 12 Regiment based at Thorney Island near Emsworth at an event in the town last November
Soldiers of 58 Eyres Battery of 12 Regiment based at Thorney Island near Emsworth at an event in the town last November

TROOPS from the 12 Regiment and 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, from Thorney Island, will once again be taking to the streets of Emsworth for their annual St George’s Day military parade.

The Royal Logistics Band will lead the procession, on Tuesday, and the day will kick off with live music by the George Regis Jazz Band.

Havant borough councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: “This year will be different because of the bands we have playing.

“Also, this time the children of the soldiers will be marching alongside their parents. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to get involved with what their mothers and fathers do. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, so we will be seeing more veterans – a good chance for people to meet them.

“The great thing is, there will be 100 soldiers on parade, all of whom want to do it – it is not a chore for them.”

The parade will start outside The Lord Raglan pub, in Queen Street, continuing through the square and ending back at its starting point.

The programme will begin at 9.30am, with the troops setting off at 10.30am.

On Monday evening, Spice Village Indian restaurant, in Emsworth High Street, will hold the Big Curry Night, a fixture that has now become a permanent precursor to the parade.

All money raised by ticket sales will go to St Wilfrid’s Hospice and The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook.

The menu costs £16 per person, with sales of all food split between the hospices.

In addition, there will be a raffle and, during the evening, guests will have the chance to learn a little more about the work of each hospice.

Communications and events manager for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Jill Dennison, said: “St George’s Day is a real celebration in Emsworth.

“So, what better way to kick off the festival spirit than with a tasty meal, and all in aid of two fantastic local causes? We are very grateful to Abdul for choosing St Wilfrid’s and The Rowans this year and we hope people across the area will support a wonderful local event.”

Tickets are available by popping in to see the fundraising team at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, in Grosvenor Road, Chichester, by calling 01243 755827, from the hospice shop in Emsworth High Street, from The Rowan’s Hospice shop, in South Street, Emsworth, or by calling Brendan Gibb-Gray on 01243 377355.