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The sound of pipes and drums filled the streets of Aldershot today as the town's Gurkha regiment were granted the Freedom of Rushmoor. They were awarded the honour for their "bravery and courage" and for their contribution to the life of the community. Mary Stanley watched the parade.
10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment will celebrate receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Rushmoor with a special parade in Aldershot today.
The decision to award the Freedom of the Borough to the Gurkhas was approved by Rushmoor Borough Council at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last July, when councillors unanimously backed a motion conferring the honour on the Regiment for their "bravery and courage" and for its contribution to the life of the community.
Led by the Brigade of Gurkhas Band and their own Regimental Pipes and Drums,170 soldiers will begin their march through the town outside the Princes Hall following an inspection by Colonel, The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, Major General Angus Fay, and Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Martin Tennant who will formally present the Freedom Scroll to the Regiment. The Freedom Parade will continue along Grosvenor Road, Victoria Road, Station Road, High Street, and back along Princes Way.
During their time in Aldershot, the Regiment has completed two operational tours of Iraq (including the initial invasion) and two of Afghanistan. Last year also marked the 200th anniversary of Gurkha service in the British Army.