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Duke of Lancaster's Regiment to be awarded Freedom of Maryport

More than a hundred soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will be parading through Maryport tomorrow to be awarded the freedom of the town.

The parade starts around 11.45am following a private service at St Mary’s Parish Church.

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment recruits from across the North West of England including Cumbria and the 1st Battalion is currently based at Catterick in North Yorkshire.

“We are a family regiment, proud of our county birth-rights and the close links we have with the cities and towns across the region as the North West’s Infantry Regiment.

"It is, however, a particular privilege for us to be able to receive the Freedom of Maryport. It provides a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the people of Maryport, for the continuing support they show to our soldiers, no matter where they are serving; be it here at home or overseas. We’re very much looking forward to what will be a memorable day.”

– Colonel Chris Owen, Regimental Secretary of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

Cumbria Police is expecting some traffic disruption in Maryport between 10.45am and 1pm. Officers are advising those coming to watch the parade to turn up early and for drivers to avoid the town.

Additional officers will be on duty to manage road closures and escort the parade.

"The town is very pleased to give this honour to the regiment in recognition of the gratitude and pride we take in the duties performed, both in times of conflict and peace, by the officers and men of the regiment."

– Maryport Town Mayor, Cllr Carol Tindall