Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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The Rifles to receive freedom of the Borough

Friday, August 27, 2010


STOCKTON Council is delighted to welcome The Rifles to the Borough on Thursday, September 9 when they will receive the Freedom of the Borough.

The Rifles were granted the Freedom of the Borough last year and they will parade through Stockton Town Centre before being formally granted freedom to the entry of the Borough.

The Regiment will march from Church Road at 12.30pm on September 9 and proceed along Stockton High Street where they will do an 'eyes left' at the Cenotaph before stopping at the Town Hall to receive the Freedom of the Borough.

Following the presentation by assembled guests they will continue to march south down the High Street turning back at the bus loop and on approaching the Town Hall again they will break into double time and salute the assembled guests on the platform.

As well as the Parade there will also be displays and stands hosted by Veterans and the Rifles' Support Team. The day will end with a free concert by The Rifles Band in Stockton Parish Gardens at 3pm. Everyone is welcome.

The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Colin Leckonby, will later host a civic reception for The Rifles.

This visit by The Rifles follows on from the parade by The Yorkshire Regiment during National Armed Forces Week in June when they also received the Freedom of the Borough.

They were greeted by thousands of well wishers who lined the parade route cheering the troops

Councillor Colin Leckonby, said: "We are delighted to welcome The Rifles to Stockton to receive the Freedom of the Borough and we hope to again see the crowds come out to show their pride in them."

Following re-organisation of the British Army, the Light Infantry became part of a new regiment, The Rifles, which is now the largest Infantry Regiment in the Army. The Light Infantry was granted Freedom of the Borough of Stockton in 1977.

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