Hundreds celebrate Epsom Town Parade
27th June 2012
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HUNDREDS of people have turned out to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the borough of Epsom and Ewell.

Crowds of cheering spectators lined a bunting-decked High Street and Market Place in Epsom town centre for a military-themed parade led by the Royal Artillery Band.

The 135 Independent Geographic Royal Engineers (V) squadron, the Territorial Army, 155 Detachment Army cadets, 323 Squadron Air Training Corps and representatives of the Epsom and Ewell district scouts took part in the parade on Saturday (June 23).

The event culminated in Rosebery Park where the mayor of Epsom & Ewell councillor Christine Long presented the Diamond Jubilee medals to Surrey Police officers and members of the Territorial Army.

An Armed Forces Day flag was raised on the new market flagpole to mark Armed Forces Day on June 30.

Councillor Long also presented the Afghanistan Operational Tour medal to LCpl Anna Walmsey in recognition of her service during her deployment in Afghanistan.

Councillor Long said: "It is appropriate that our parade route is decorated by bunting designed and executed by the school-children of the borough. Children are our future and our Armed Forces are the ultimate protectors of that future, and of our peace, and of our security, and of our whole way of life.

"Today in Epsom & Ewell, and next Saturday across the UK on Armed Forces Day, we, the public, show our gratitude and support for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces." 

Article Matt Collison thisisSurreytoday

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