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Picture Special: Thousands turn out for Worcester Artillery Day

Worcester Editorial 18th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS of people flocked to the city centre to celebrate a century of military history.

Residents turned out in force on Saturday (August 16) as the 150th anniversary of the city’s local army reserve unit and the centenary of the First World War were marked at Worcester Artillery Day.

A service of remembrance kicked off the event at Worcester Cathedral at 9.30am, before about 2,000 people lined the city’s streets to watch the 214 Battery Royal Artillery parade through Worcester from midday.

The route took the parade through City Walls Road, Charles Street, Pump Street, High Street, The Cross, Foregate Street and Castle Street before it arrived at Pitchcroft.

More than 4,000 visitors then descended on the city’s racecourse from 1pm and enjoyed an afternoon of military activities, music, displays and exhibitions.

Army vehicles past and present, an army climbing tower, miniature tanks for children and a freefall display by the RAF Falcons parachute team were just some of the spectacles on show.

A city council spokesman said: “It was a very successful day which people seemed to really enjoy and it was a fitting way of marking the 150th anniversary of our city’s Army Reserve unit and the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.”

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