Musicians wanted to play at Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 11:51 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:51 12 June 2017

Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) are to deploy to Nigeria to deliver improvised explosive device disposal and search awareness training.

Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) are to deploy to Nigeria to deliver improvised explosive device disposal and search awareness training.

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Musicians are invited to play during the afternoon of Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden, which will take place across the town on Saturday, June 24, which is the national Armed Forces Day.

Using their official freedom of the town, bomb disposal experts, the 33 Engineer Reginment based at Carver Barracks in Wimbish, will take part in a parade through the town and demonstrate how they use their equipment.

From 9pm, there will be military stalls in the Market Square and among the devices there will be a bomb disposal robot on display so people can see how it works.

The fire service, police and Royal British Legion will also have stalls in the Market Square. The usual Saturday market, which takes place there each week will move onto the car park on the Common just for the day.

In the afternoon, all the stalls will move onto the Common where there will be a summer fete from noon to 6pm with live entertainment, a funfair and children’s zone including face painting, bouncy castles and an inflatable assault course. There will also be food and other stalls and a display of both civilians classic cars and military vehicles from vintage machines to a state of the art tank.

From 2pm to 3pm, there will be a military parade through the town. This will start on Common Hill West and then go down Church Street, along the High Street and King Street and then end up in Market Square.

Army spokesman and one of the organisers, Sergeant Steve Campbell said: “There will be vintage army vehicles on display on the common and also the ones we use now so people can see how they work and what we do.”

The day, sponsored by Saffron Walden Town Council and Uttlesford District Council, will raise funds army charities, The Felix Fund, the Bomb Disposal Charity and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

More musicians, both individuals, groups and singers, are needed to play on the common in the afternoon. Anyone who is interested should contact Jacqui Portway on 07931 534 599 or email: j.portway1@ntlworld.com.

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