Royal Signals to march through Richmond to mark Freedom rights

Last Freedom of Richmond parade 2014 in front of our Colonel in Chief, HRH Princess Anne.

The Royal Signals will take part in a Freedom Parade through the streets of Richmond later this month.

The event will take place at 10.30am on Friday, July 12.

The Royal Signals will march from Nuns Close car park to the town centre where they will be addressed by the Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Bob White, a former member of the Royal Signals, and the Royal Signals Association chairman, Major General David McDowall CBE.

The regiment has a long history with the district.

In 1924 the Royal Signals Training was based at Maresfield Park in Sussex and sent an advance party to Catterick Camp to pave the way to establish a new training residence in the area.

In 1925, the Signals Training Centre, consisting of the depot battalion and a training battalion), The School of Signals and the headquarters officers’ mess were
established in their new home in Catterick.

During the war years, some 130,700 Royal Signals personnel were trained in Catterick.

In 1964, the Freedom of Richmond was granted to the Royal Corps of Signals.

John Mcilree, chairman of the Catterick and District Branch, Royal Signals Association, said: “ast forward to 2024 and there are still Royal Signals personnel stationed in Catterick so it seems only fitting that we should celebrate a 100-year association between the Royal Signals, Catterick Garrison and Richmond Town.

“On the 60th Anniversary of their award of the Freedom of Richmond what better way to celebrate this long close association than to parade through the streets of Richmond once more.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and if any ex-Royal Signals personnel would like to take part in the march or parade their standards, then please register at Project Centurion – 100 years of the Corps Presence in Catterick (royalsignals.org).”