Soldiers lead Yorkshire Day parade

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SOLDIERS will lead a parade through the city to mark Yorkshire Day.

Wakefield has been chosen to host this year’s official celebrations on Monday, August 1.

Troops from the 3rd Battalion The Rifles – who have been awarded Freedom of the City – will be joined by the regimental band in a procession from Wakefield Town Hall at 10.30am.

They will head towards the cathedral where a service of celebration will begin at 11am.

A number of roads will be closed to traffic and motorists are advised to follow diversions.

A civic reception will be hosted at the National Coal Mining Museum, in Overton, from 1pm with special guest and speaker, author Ian Clayton.

Next weekend, the Ridings Shopping Centre will have a number of stalls selling gifts and accessories made by Yorkshire suppliers.

Brass bands will entertain shoppers and there will also be a showcase of old films and photographs, a Yorkshire quiz and a flower pot decorating session for children.

Victoria Clapham, marketing manager, said: “Yorkshire Day is a very special occasion and we wanted to celebrate it in style with a whole weekend packed with activities that the whole family can enjoy.

For more information about the celebrations visit www.experiencewake field.co.uk/events/sum merfun