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Freedom of Winchester Parade: The Rifles claim the honour

It's ten years since soldiers based in Winchester last claimed their right to march through the city.

This year the honour was claimed by the Rifles - the Regiment which took over from the Royal Green Jackets in 2007.

Richard Slee reports.

The Rifles march in Freedom of Winchester parade

The Rifles are marching through Winchester in Freedom parade Credit: ITV Meridian

They are Britain's largest infantry regiment and today the Rifles are marching through Winchester Town Centre exercising the right of Freedom of Entry.

It's an ancient privilege and allows a Regiment to parade through the City with 'Full Ceremonial'.

A ceremony is taking place at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV Meridian

The Freedom Parade celebrates The Rifles 10th anniversary, and will see around 200 soldiers march from Peninsula Barracks, down the High Street and into Winchester Cathedral where they will pause for the Turning of the Pages Ceremony.

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Rochester pays homage to its famous author

He's Rochester's most famous resident, and this weekend author Charles Dickens is being remembered along with his famous characters and novels. The Dickens Festival attracts thousands of people each year. Andrea Thomas spoke to Medway Council's events manager Carl Madjitey and Steve Martin from the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship. Oh, and a rather risque group of enthusiasts!

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Fans greet Gold Olympian Lizzy Yarnold on bus tour

Thousands of people lined the streets of Kent today as Britain's gold medal winning Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold was given a hero's welcome during an open-top bus parade in her home county.

Cheering fans waved Union flags as the Skeleton champion passed through villages and schools around Sevenoaks on an open-top bus wearing her gold medal and Team GB tracksuit. Andrea Thomas joined her on board.

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World-beater Lizzy shows off her medal

Lizzy Yarnold displays her gold medal on her tour through Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Kent's Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold is touring Sevenoaks with her gold medal.

Our reporter Andrea Thomas is in Sevenoaks and is sending us pictures of Lizzy Yarnold's victory tour.

Open-top bus parade for Kent's Lizzy Yarnold

An open-top bus parade will be held for Kent's Lizzy Yarnold Credit: ITV News

Kent's golden girl in Sochi Lizzy Yarnold will be parading through Sevenoaks in a open-top bus this morning. The Skeleton winner was the only Brit to clinch a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. She grew up in West Kingsdown and went to St Michael's school in Otford.

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