Whitehaven's Freedom Parade marks WW1 centenary

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Whitehaven today as part of the town's World War One week. Veterans, servicemen and cadets marched in a freedom parade.

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Military hero meets Whitehaven crowds

Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry greets crowds Credit: ITV Border

A military hero has taken part in a freedom parade in Whitehaven.

Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry was awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest military award for bravery in the British Armed Forces - for twice saving his comrades from ambushes in Iraq in 2004.

He says he is "overwhelmed" by the support in the town.

Hundreds of people show support for servicemen and women Credit: ITV Border

The centenary event began at Whitehaven Harbour.

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Hundreds take part in Whitehaven's Freedom Parade

Servicemen and women at Whitehaven Harbour for the freedom parade Credit: ITV Border

Whitehaven's week of remembrance to mark the centenary of the First World War started with a freedom parade from Whitehaven Harbour.

Schoolchildren lined the streets to support the parade Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds came to watch as servicemen and women, veterans and cadets took part in the parade.

The Red Devils parachute team are also putting on a display.

First World War parade in Whitehaven

Thousands are expected to line the streets of Whitehaven for a parade to mark the centenary of the First World War.

It's expected to draw similar numbers to last year's armed forces homecoming parade

Current soldiers, veterans and cadets are due to take part. The event will start at Whitehaven harbour at 11am.

The Red Devils parachute team are due to put on one of its displays.

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