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VE parade commemorates veterans
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The VE parade is the last chance to salute the war veterans
More than 250 World War II veterans are to take part in a special VE parade in Reading, Berkshire, on Sunday, to mark their war effort.

The event includes a special service for the servicemen and women, which will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and other dignitaries.

Up to 46 organisations will take part in the march from Forbury Gardens to St Mary's Church, near the civic centre.

After the service at St Mary's, the parade will march to Reading Town Hall.

A spokeswoman for the Lord Lieutenant's office in Reading said: "The parade will [probably] be the last occasion that veterans can mark World War II.

Rolling closures

"Many of them must now be in their 80s. It is also an opportunity for us to salute the veterans."

The Bevan Boys, who were sent to work in the mines as part of their call up, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy are among those taking part in the occasion.

The parade begins at 1330 BST, before the church service gets under way at 1430 BST.

A spokeswoman from Reading Borough Council said there will be a "rolling road closure" system in place on the day, where roads on the parade route will be closed temporarily until the veterans pass through.


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