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Standards raised for Market Drayton parade

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[gallery] Armed services and veterans paraded through Market Drayton – although organisers say they were disappointed that more members of the public did not turn out to offer their support.

The parade featured the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Guard, RBL standard bearers, Army, Navy and Airforce associations

Military groups, youth groups and uniformed organisations took part in the event organised by the Royal British Legion in Market Drayton, in which 18 standards were paraded through the streets.

One of the organisers, George Bratton, said: "It was very good, but we were disappointed with the turnout from the people of Market Drayton.

"It could have been down to the weather – there was a threat of rain and it did go cold.

"But the Lord Lieutenant Algernon Heber-Percy was very pleased with how it went.

"We had the mascot from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, Brian Bora IX, and he was very popular. He came back to the club afterwards and ate everyone's sandwiches.

"There were 18 standards, including Brownies, Scouts and cadets so we were very, very pleased with that."

He said a clash with St George's Day events might have accounted for some of the low turnout.

He added organisers would look at moving the date next year to avoid the problem.

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He said: "Everyone enjoyed it, and the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch Association were as good as ever."

Yesterday's parade started at Frogmore Road and walked to St Mary's Church, ahead of a church service at which a new poem about the work of the RBL was read out. After the service the parade marched into Cheshire Street, where Mr Heber-Percy took the salute.

The parade is held annually to remind the people of Market Drayton of the breadth of the legion's work, and to spotlight the other organisations in the town.

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