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Drumming up support
Friday 17th January 2014 @ 18:24 by Lisa B
DRUMHEAD SCENE: The rose garden in Manor Park where the Drumhead Service will take place.

DRUMHEAD SCENE: The rose garden in Manor Park where the Drumhead Service will take place.

Soldiers who served in Afghanistan could be marching through Glossop again.

There is a bid to bring men from the Mercian Regiment  back to take part in a huge First World War commemoration.

As we exclusively reported earlier this month, Glossop Royal British Legion is planning to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war with a huge parade.

We can now reveal that former county council chief George Wharmby is inviting the Mercians – which recruit in Glossop –  to join in.

He told the Chronicle: “They were given the freedom of the town when they marched here a few years ago.

“I am writing to the regiment inviting them to be represented.

“I do not know their commitments, but hopefully they will be able to send someone along.”

George who is co-ordinating the Sunday, July 13 ceremony,  wants it to be the biggest parade and turn out at the Drumhead Service that follows, in years.

He wants to relive the days when troops, back from the trenches, paraded proudly through a town centre packed with people.

The ex-county councillor said: “Going back through the records I found that Earl Haig  once came to Glossop.”

George desperately wants to get the whole of Glossop – particularly the young people – involved.

“Everyone in Glossop must have had an ancestor who fought in the First World War,” he said.

“The parade and service is not glorifying war, it is a commemoration of the part that people from Glossop played in it. It will be the start of four  years of commemorative events.”

George is writing to schools and youth organisations asking them to take part.

His dream is for young and old to walk shoulder to shoulder behind Tintwistle Band from the market ground to  Manor Park where the service around a pile of drums covered by a Union Flag will take place in the Garden of Remembrance.

The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker will take the salute from Norfolk Square, close to the Cenotaph, etched with the names of Glossopdale men who died in two world wars.

George is planning to invite Royal British Legion branches from all over Derbyshire and would love to see a sea of standards filling the town centre.

With what could be up to a 1,000 or more taking part, there’s a call for volunteers to marshall crowds both on the street and in the park.

Anyone wanting to help out, take part, or wanting more information, should call George on (01457) 856905, or email [email protected]

by David Jones