Join the team at Rickitt Partnership in celebrating our local Armed Forces personnel from the Mercian regiment at the Freedom Parade tomorrow Saturday 17 February.
The Freedom of the City of Chester was granted to the Mercian Regiment by the Chester City Council ten years ago. The granting of the Freedom of the City is entirely a ceremonial honour, but is the oldest and highest civic honour that can be bestowed on a military unit.
The Parade is representative of the soldiers’ right to exercise their freedom of the City and will be followed by a service of thanksgiving at Chester Cathedral at 11am. The Second Battalion of the Mercian Regiment has seen recent operational tours of South Sudan, Northern Iraq and the Falkland Islands.
This year’s parade is especially poignant as it will be the last parade by the Battalion before they leave their barracks in Upton and move to a new base in Cyprus this summer.
The parade starts at Chester Castle at 10.15am and will proceed to the Cathedral. Following the service, the soldiers will proceed to Eastgate Street where the formal salute will take place before the parade returns to the Castle. The parade will be commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wilde MBE and tomorrow marks his last day heading up the battalion.
A number of City Centre Roads will be closed for the morning but whether you are a resident, business owner or visitor, why not embrace this wonderful event, relish the cultural background of our beautiful city and support the Mercian Freedom Parade and the soldiers.
We hope to see you there X
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