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Hitchin Town Football Club has announced it will hold a special "Forces Day" on Saturday November 13 2010 at its home game against Ashford Town (Middlesex).

The club will grant free admission to all servicemen in uniform or with appropriate identity.

The day will have a distinct military theme. The Air Cadet 1066 Squadron military band will play before the game and at half-time, there will be representatives from the British Legion and it is hoped that members of the RAF, the Army and Royal Navy will also attend. The services have all acknowledged and are publicising the game.

In addition, a charity collection will be held, with proceeds going to Help For Heroes and the British Legion.

Hitchin Town Chairman, Terry Barratt, commented: "At Hitchin Town we want to embrace all areas of the community. This club has long historic links with the armed forces and we are keen to renew those links and encourage servicemen to come along to Top Field."

Roy Izzard, Secretary of Hitchin Town, added: "With the presence of the military band - a feature of matchday at Hitchin in years gone by - and members of the services, we hope to create a unique atmosphere at Top Field on November 13. We would encourage all servicemen in the area to pay us a visit on a weekend when the nation remembers those that have given their lives for their country."

For further details:
Neil Jensen
Media Officer, Hitchin Town FC
neil.jensen@hitchintownfc.co.uk
neil.jensen@ntlworld.com
0798 498 2034

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By BusyBee02 at 13:09 on 10/11/10

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    Top Field echoed to the sound of “Colonel Bogey” for the first time in decades as Hitchin Town held its inaugural “Forces Day”.

    A crowd of 444 attended Hitchin’s game with Ashford Town (Middx) with many donning the mark of remembrance, the poppy.

    But the 1066 Squadron’s Marching Band stole the show as they paraded before the game, playing such tunes as the old Top Field favourite and the theme from The Great Escape.

    “Forces Day was a big success,” said Club Secretary Roy Izzard “There was a nice atmosphere at the ground, aided by the presence of Samuel Lucas School and the band really made for a special afternoon.”

    The 444 crowd was around 100 more than the average attendance at Hitchin this

    By BusyBee02 at 10:17 on 14/11/10

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    Oh... and Hitchin drew 3-3 too!

    By BusyBee02 at 10:18 on 14/11/10

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