Navy personnel from a warship affiliated with Melton are to join in with the town’s annual remembrance parade for the first time ever.
Nine crew members from HMS Quorn will march alongside members of the Royal British Legion, Defence Animal Centre, veterans, cadets, scouts, RAFA representatives and local dignitaries, including Mayor of Melton, Councillor Jeanne Douglas, on Sunday November 8.
Lt Cdr Ryan Carmichael, Royal Australian Navy, who is second in command of the vessel, will lay a wreath on behalf of it’s captain, Lt Cdr John Cromie, at Melton’s war memorial in the gardens of Egerton Lodge.
Before this, Lt Cdr Carmichael, an officer and seven ratings from HMS Quorn, will be in the 700-strong congregation expected to attend a remembrance service at St Mary’s Church in the town, at 10.50am.
Members of the ship’s crew will also be assisting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection in the town centre the day before.
Freedom of the Borough of Melton was awarded to the minehunter in recognition of the vessel’s long-standing affiliation with the borough.