150 Troops from Thorney Island based 47th Regiment, Royal Artillery are set to march through the streets of Havant today to receive the Freedom of the Borough and be presented with medals for service in Afghanistan.
The ancient honour of being granted the freedom of the borough, when trained bands of men are permitted to march through the streets 'with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed' is steeped in military history and harks back to Roman times when legionaries were prevented from entering cities, for fear of military coups. To gain such a privilege meant that that regiment or unit first had to win the right and the trust of the people.
This parade, which starts at 10:00am, forms one of the South's highlights of this year's Armed Forces' Week.
Heather Edwards reports on the Thorney Island based 47th Regiment as they are given the freedom of Havant.