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ATTEN-SHUN! Quick march... Boston Freedom Parade spectacle

Boston Mayor Cllr Richard Austin will raise the Armed Forces Day flag at 10.30am on Monday, June 22, to help raise awareness of the Armed Forces.

British Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, June 27, this year and local authorities are once again taking part in the simultaneous hoisting of the Armed Forces Day flag on June 22 to be flown until after Armed Forces Day itself.

The Mayor will be raising the flag at the flag mast in Memorial Gardens, Wide Bargate, to raise awareness of the achievements and contributions of the Armed Forces, past, present and future. It will also be a demonstration of recognition and appreciation of our people and what they do.

On Thursday, June 25, RAF Coningsby will exercise its right as Freedom holders to march through the streets of Boston with bayonets fixed, colours flying and drums beating. RAF Cranwell College Band will play.

The parade will start at 3pm with the Mayor and Commanding Officer of RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Attridge, inspecting. The Saluting Base will be sited opposite WH Smiths. A flypast is scheduled for 3pm, weather conditions permitting.

The Parade will then march off from Strait Bargate, turning around the mini roundabout, back through Strait Bargate and around the side of St Botolph's Church for dispersal.

There will be some temporary traffic restriction orders. The Market Place will remain open but Bank Street will be closed between 1pm to 4pm. and access to the delivery area (outside Marks and Spencer) and access around the side of St Botolph's Church (Boston Stump) will be denied during this time. 

Wide Bargate, from the loading bay area adjacent to the end of the precinct to the Post Office, will be closed from 6am to 4pm. Parking will not be permitted at all during these times.

The Into Town Bus Service will still operate as normal during the day except between 2pm and 4pm.