THE Royal Dragoon Guards will take part in a parade through York tomorrow as part of commemorations marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The regiment was involved in both the first and last actions of the war and lost a total of 666 officers and men over the course of the conflict.

The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Ian Gillies, will read a welcome speech at 9.45am and a Typhoon will take part in a fly- past over the top of the Minster at 10am, just before the start of the parade, which will take in Duncombe Place, Blake Street, St Helen’s Square, High Petergate, Davygate, Church Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurriergate and Coney Street. A service will then take place in the Minster at 11am.

Cllr Gillies said: “I am looking forward to this parade which will recognise the dedication of our armed forces past and present as we continue to mark 100 years since World War One. It is only fitting that York, as a garrison city since AD71, can officially recognise the courage of our servicemen and women and their families and the sacrifices that they make.”

A second parade will take place in York on Saturday August 16.