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Army Battery awarded Freedom of Liverpool

208 Battery of the 103 Regiment Royal Artillery Photo: Liverpool City Council

A reserve Army Battery, that trains and deploys some of the most advanced artillery systems, has been awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.

The city's highest civic honour was given to 208 (3rd West Lancashire) Battery of the 103 Regiment Royal Artillery in a special service at Liverpool Parish Church on Saturday, followed by a march along the waterfront through the city centre to the Town Hall.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, with Major Anthony Gledhill from the 208 (3rd West Lancashire) Battery of the 103 Regiment Royal Artillery receiving the Freedom of Liverpool Credit: Liverpool City Council

The regiment has an association with Liverpool dating back to 1859, and is comprised of 60 personnel who regularly exercise overseas as well as play a full part on operations.

They operate and maintain one of the Army's most versatile weapons - the Light Gun. It's used to support infantry and other combat units anywhere on the battlefield.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:

Liverpool has a long and proud association with the armed forces and it is right and proper that we honour the critical role they play in keeping us safe.

“I am honoured to confer the Freedom of the City on the Battery in recognition of their vitally important work.

“It serves as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices their personnel make, giving up their time and putting themselves at risk.”

– Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy

Major Anthony Gledhill from 208 Battery said:

This is a huge honour for my Battery, we are absolutely thrilled and privileged.

“Not only are we accepting this for the present generation of Gunners and their families who have supported us, but for all who have served in 208 Battery and helped maintain our links with the city.”

– Major Anthony Gledhill from 208 Battery

The Freedom of Liverpool is awarded to organisations and individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to life in the city.