Military personnel to attend Armed Forces Day at Plymouth Argyle
SAILORS from HMS Raleigh will be giving their support to Plymouth Argyle this weekend, as the club stages its fifth annual Armed Forces Day.
The Herald is backing the Pilgrims to get a bumper crowd for Saturday's crunch clash at Home Park against Fleetwood.
The Green Army will be boosted by more than 200 Royal Navy personnel for the club's vital League Two match with Fleetwood Town at 3pm.
A group of 34 new recruits will be among the 200 sailors and their families from the local area who have been invited to attend the game.
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They will be joined by families of those currently deployed on operations.
And the crowd will be further bolstered by Herald readers – as picking up a copy of Saturday's paper will gain a child free entry to the big match.
The recruits from Raleigh joined the Royal Navy on Sunday, January 13, and are presently undergoing their 10-week initial naval training course.
They are due to complete training on Friday March 22.
HMS Raleigh instructor Petty Officer Louise Faull said: "It's been a long and arduous nine weeks for them so far and this will be their first opportunity to have some real down-time outside of the training environment."
Senior Royal Navy Officers and other local dignitaries will attend the match, along with cadet units and a contingent from HMS Heroes, a support group for the children of servicemen and women.
Argyle are locked in another relegation battle, as The Pilgrims bid to stay in the Football League.
In the build-up to kick-off there will be performances by the HMS Drake Volunteer Band in collaboration with additional musicians from across the South West, and the HMS Heroes Military Kids Choir.
There will also be a parade of standards and a guard of honour formed by local cadet units.
The match ball will be delivered by a serving member of the Armed Forces.
Before the match a collection will be made to help support Naval families through the Naval Area Community Office.
Weather and pitch permitting the sea cadets from Training Ship (TS) Golden Hind and TS Manadon will compete in a Field Gun competition at half-time.