An Ilkeston soldier will be bidding farewell to his regiment in one final parade after it has been placed in suspended animation following an army restructure.
20-year-old gunner, Jake Weston will join more than 60 fellow soldiers from 307 Battery Royal Artillery, based in Nottinghamshire, in their final parade into Nottingham’s Old Market Square on Saturday.
The former pupil of Bennerley Business and Enterprise College joined the 200 year old army reserve three years ago.
He said he was sad but that it was important for everyone to look forward.
“I’ve met a lot of people in the regiment and made some good friends who I will stay in touch with.”
He added: “I’ll be marching through the streets with my head held high and my chest full of pride and I hope that the people of Ilkeston will come along to watch the parade and make it a day to remember.”
Jake now plans to continue his army career by joining C Company, 4 Mercian Regiment in Bulwell, Nottingham.
He added: “I’m looking forward to joining the infantry. I love being in the reserves. It’s a great job and there is great camaraderie amongst the lads.
“I look forward to the challenges joining a new Regiment will bring.”
Jake and his fellow soldiers will begin the parade at 10am from St Mary’s Church in Nottingham and will be joined by more than 100 veterans.