Suffolk representative to lead Remembrance Sunday parade in front of Royal Family

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Suffolk’s Chief Fire Officer, Mark Hardingham will lead over 200 members of the Civilian Services Contingent on Remembrance Sunday at the 2018 Cenotaph Service.

Remembrancesunday2018 Suffolk’s Chief Fire Officer, Mark Hardingham, will lead over 200 members of the Civilian Services Contingent on Remembrance Sunday at the 2018 Cenotaph Service and Parade in Whitehall, London.

The Civilian Services Contingent is made up of uniformed volunteers from the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Prison Services, St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross, and will parade in view of the Royal family.

The contingent forms part of the static guard of honour around the Cenotaph, alongside the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

Mark was selected by the National Fire Chiefs Council to represent the UK’s uniformed Civilian Services. He said:

“Representing the country’s Fire and Rescue Services on behalf of Suffolk is a true honour and a real once in a lifetime experience. The opportunity is even more poignant this year, falling on the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.”

His duties will begin the day before the service, when he addresses the contingent as part of their full briefing. On Remembrance Sunday, the dress code for those in the parade is full tunic order with medals.

Councillor Richard Rout, cabinet member for environment and public protection at Suffolk County Council, said:

“On behalf of the council, I would like to say how proud we are that Mark has been selected for this role. We are also honoured that Suffolk will be represented in the contingent by firefighter Paul Grimes, who is based at Newmarket fire station.”

Starting at 11am on Sunday 11 November, the service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.