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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.