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Regiment prepares for 'new colours' presentation

Mercian Regiment march out at Sixfields Stadium in Worcester Credit: ITV Central News

Prince Charles is in Worcester today to present all four battalions of the Mercian Regiment with their new colours.

A special ceremony is taking place at the Sixways Stadium.

It will be the first time the regimental colours will have been presented since the regiment was formed in 2007.

Prince Charles to present Mercian Regiment with new colours

In his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercian Regiment, Prince Charles will today present all four battalions with their new colours at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

The Prince of Wales, Colonel- in- Chief The Mercian Regiment Credit: PA

Colours are presented every twenty five years and it's the first time all four battalions will be on parade at the same time.

The colours represent the battle honours earned by members of the regiment over the last three hundred years.

The Prince of Wales is introduced to Pte Derby XXVIII, a pedigree Swaledale ram, who is the Regimental Mascot of the Mercian Regiment Credit: PA

The four battalions are split up into:

1st Battalion: 1st Battalion takes its heritage from the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, and still draws most of its soldiers from Cheshire and the Wirral.

2nd Battalion: 2nd Battalion takes its heritage from the former Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and recruits soldiers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire.

The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) march through Lichfield, 2011 Credit: PA

3rd Battalion: 3rd Battalion was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment and recruits from Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.

4th Battalion: 4th Battalion is the Territorial Army (TA) Battalion of The Mercian Regiment. They are currently deployed in Cyprus.

Ex-Marine to meet Prince Harry at new brain injury charity HQ launch

An ex-Royal Marine who was injured in a road crash in Afghanistan says he is looking forward to meeting Prince Harry this week.

Tom Birch suffered severe head injuries when his Landrover careered over a cliff in 2006.

Tom is one of several guests who will meet the Prince as he officially opens the headquarters of the Nottingham-based brain injury charity Headway on Thursday.


Soldiers parade through Oakham

Royal Artillery parading through Dundee Credit: PA

Soldiers from the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery will march through the streets of Oakham in Rutland today.

The Regiment will be presented with Freedom of Entry to the town. Up to 250 soldiers will take part in recognition of the barracks' military history.

The 16th Regiment Royal Artillery was part of the 2012 London Olympics Air Security Force.

TA recruitment drive across the West Midlands

The Territorial Army are also taking on people from across the West Midlands. Here's some other events taking place in the region where you can find out more:

  • Saturday 16th February - Bullring Birmingham 11am-5pm
  • Tuesday 19th February - 48 Sqn TAC, Hillock Road, Birmingham 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Tuesday 19th February - 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, Sheldon 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Wednesday 20th February - TA Centre, 5 Vicar Street, Dudley 6.30pm
  • Saturday 23rd February - TA Centre, Alamein House, Dudley 1pm
  • Saturday 23rd February - Wolseley House, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton 10am - 3pm

TA recruitment drive comes to Bullring

TA Soldier from the West Midlands who is serving in Afghanistan Credit: PA

The Territorial Army is looking for new recruits from across the West Midlands at Bullring in Birmingham today.

They need chefs, drivers, medics, caterers,soldiers and engineers.

Anyone who goes along will be able to try on army kit to get a taste of what life is like in the TA.

The event is taking place between 11am and 5pm.

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