Sailors to march through city

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FAMILIES are being invited to watch a military display.

The crew of HMS Bulwark – County Durham’s adopted Royal Navy ship – will march through Durham City on Thursday.

The 180-strong Freedom Parade will be led by the prestigious Band of HM Royal Marines (Plymouth) and will set off from the Racecourse at 1.30pm.

Marchers will cross Elvet Bridge up Saddler Street to Palace Green, where the parade will pass local dignitaries and the Royal Marines band will perform.

Hundreds of schoolchildren waving Union Jack flags will line the route of the parade, and members of the public are invited to go along to cheer.

There will be a service of thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral at 2.30pm.

Durham County Council chairman, Councillor Dennis Morgan, has invited crew members to exercise their right as Freemen of the City to march through the streets.

He said: “It’s a privilege to be able to watch the crew parading through the city, and it will be made even more special by the fact members of the Band of HM Royal Marines will lead the march.

“It’s always a delight to welcome our friends from our adopted Royal Navy ship.

“I’m very pleased children will be lining the parade route and I would like to invite people to come along and join us in showing our support.

“This is an appropriate time as we remember service in the armed forces through the British Legion Poppy Appeal.”

He will present HMS Bulwark’s commanding officer Captain Alex Burton with a framed scroll depicting watercolour scenes of Durham.