1 Yorks march in Wiltshire

Around 250 soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment have taken part in a Freedom Parade in Wiltshire.

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Soldiers given Freedom of Warminster

Soldiers from 1 Yorks, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Soldiers from 1 Yorks, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around 250 soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment have taken part in a Freedom Parade.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Warminster in Wiltshire to watch members of the 1st Battalion march through the town.

The Freedom of Warminster was conferred on the regiment's 3rd Battalion last year.

But as part of Army reorganisation, the regiment's three battalions were merged into two and the Warminster-based battalion, the 3 Yorks, was renumbered the 1 Yorks.

The town council has now awarded the renumbered battalion freedom of the town and the parade was held today to mark the occasion.

During the parade, Sarah Troughton, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, took the salute along with the mayor of Warminster Paul Batchelor.

The Freedom of Warminster means the regiment has the right to march through the streets of the town.

It is also allowed to parade with colours flying, bayonets fixed, drums beating and bands playing.

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