Hundreds of soldiers from Catterick Garrison marched through Richmond on their very first Freedom Parade today.
Crowds of people including local schoolchildren lined the route of the parade.
Catterick Garrison has been been awarded the Freedom of Richmond to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War.
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Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan, the Garrison Commander, led the troops from all major units based in the Garrison from Nuns Close car park to Richmond Castle, marching past the civic party at the Town Hall steps where they gave Eyes Right.
The civic party including the Mayor of Richmond, Mr Stuart Parsons; Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE and Colonel Andrew Hadfield, Deputy Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade based in the garrison, then took up positions on the saluting dias in the castle.
Lt Col Jordan said: “For the parade to coincide with the year marking the centenary of the ending of the Great War is a momentous moment.
“The British Army at Catterick Garrison can take great pride in its place in history considering its total commitment to historical conflicts and more recently to operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
“To this day soldiers from the Garrison are deployed on operations around the world including Poland, Cyprus and South Sudan.
“And through these operations the ties between the Garrison and the local community has never been so close and being awarded the Freedom of Richmond just highlights those bonds of friendship.”