A parade to remember

Castleford Armed Forces Day - The Yorkshire Regiment Band play
Castleford Armed Forces Day - The Yorkshire Regiment Band play
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CASTLEFORD residents braved the wet weather to take part in a special event to mark Armed Forces Day at the weekend.

The event was organised by Castleford Tigers and volunteers from the James Backhouse Memorial Fund.

Castleford Armed Forces Day - Standard bearers

Castleford Armed Forces Day - Standard bearers

Celebrations started with the Yorkshire Regiment Band leading forces’ cadets from Royal British Legion branch on Castleford’s Powell Street to Tigers’ ground on Wheldon Road.

Michelle Brown, one of the organisers, said: “It was a very good day, it was just a shame about the weather. It got to about 2pm and the heavens opened and it wouldn’t give in.

“But it was absolutely brilliant when the sun was shining, it was a good family day. It wasn’t a sombre event, it was to give everyone a bit of a chance to say thank you to our forces.”

Mrs Brown organised the day with fellow volunteers Sarah MacNally and Sharon Backhouse, whose son Rifleman James Backhouse was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

Castleford Armed Forces Day - Traffic is halted as the parade passes through Castleford

Castleford Armed Forces Day - Traffic is halted as the parade passes through Castleford

Fundraising efforts and family activities went on throughout the day. Veterans were also awarded with badges and MP Yvette Cooper gave a speech.

She said: “The men and women who serve in our armed forces continue to make enormous sacrifices to protect our country and their families give so much as well. Sharon, Michelle and Sarah did a brilliant job organising the day with Castleford Tigers.”