Harrogate Town News

Armed Forces Day at The CNG Stadium

This Saturday’s match against Braintree Town is our first at home since Remembrance Sunday.

It is dedicated to our serving Armed Forces and Veterans and is a gesture of our respect for them and their colleagues who died or have been wounded in the defence of our country.

The one hundredth anniversary of the ending of the First World War adds greater poignancy to the occasion this year.

As members of a wider football family, we would also like to pay our respects to those affected by the recent tragic events at Leicester.

Because of our commitment to The Armed Forces’ Covenant, military personnel serving in our area, together with their families, have been invited to Saturday's match as our guests.

A number of locally based units are represented including 4 Yorkshire Regiment, 5 Armoured Medical Regiment and 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

We also welcome back to The CNG Stadium a contingent of Young Soldiers from The Army Foundation College at Penny Pot.

They will form the Guard of Honour and conduct a bucket collection in aid of ABF- The Soldiers’ Charity, the chosen charity of the Mayor of Harrogate, Councillor Bernard Batemen.

The teams and match officials will be accompanied onto the pitch by a piper from the Scots’ Guards.
Wreaths will then be laid by the two team captains and the referee.

After the playing of The Last Post by a bugler from The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, a minute’s silence will be observed.

Before and after Saturday's match and during the halftime interval, Young Soldiers from the Army Foundation College will conduct a bucket collection in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the National Charity of the British Army.

Originally established as the ‘Army Benevolent Fund’ in 1944, it provides a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of need.

The Charity makes grants to individuals as well as supporting up to 100 specialist charities each year, which sustain the British Army ‘family’ both at home and around the world.