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RAF Falcons parachute team to swoop into city

Worcester Editorial 15th Jun, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A SPECTACULAR parachute display has been announced as one of the highlights of Worcester Artillery Day.

The event, on Saturday August 16, will see the world-renowned RAF Falcons display team jump into the Faithful City.

Their daredevil act will form just a part of the day which marks the 150th anniversary of the 214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery and the centenary of the First World War.

There will also be a service of remembrance, a parade through the city centre and an afternoon of displays, exhibitions and activities for all the family at Pitchcroft racecourse – all free to the public.

214 Battery is part of the Army’s 104 Regiment Royal Artillery.

Lt Col Frank Whiting, the regiment’s commanding officer, said: “Throughout the 150-year history of 214 Battery they have always had very strong ties with Worcester and the majority of recruits have come from the city and county.

“Worcester Artillery Day will be an opportunity for us to thank local residents for their support, for the people of the Faithful City to gain a deeper understanding of the bravery and loyalty of the men and women who serve in the Battery, and for all of us to remember the great sacrifice of those who fought in the First World War.”

The RAF Falcons’ display will form part of an afternoon that will give people of all ages the chance to see military vehicles, both modern and vintage, at close hand; watch displays by dog-handling teams, gun crews and many others; and come face-to-face with the experiences of soldiers in the First World War through authentic re-enactments.

The event will begin with a service of remembrance at Worcester Cathedral at 9.30am and then from midday members of 214 Battery will parade through the city centre, enacting the right given to them when they were awarded the Freedom of Worcester in 1964 (at the time the regiment was known as 267 (Worcestershire) Field Regiment Royal Artillery).

Full details of the parade route will be confirmed nearer the time.

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