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Regiment given freedom to march in Gravesend

Regiment given freedom to march through the borough

A military parade brought Gravesend to a standstill.

The 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment marched through the town to mark them being given the freedom to march through the borough.

It featured around 100 soldiers with regimental pipes and drums.

Crowds cheer on the parade in Gravesend
Crowds cheer on the parade in Gravesend

The parade began at 1pm and the route went along Harmer Street, past the Clock Tower, Milton Road, King Street and New Road.

When the parade reached the new civic square, an inspection took place with music from the Gravesend Borough Band.

The freedom march was the first time the Army has paraded through Gravesend since the Welch Regiment marched to mark the closure of Milton Barracks on May 30, 1969 headed by their regimental mascot, a goat called Taffy the Third.

Soldiers parade through Gravesend
Soldiers parade through Gravesend

After the parade the new name for the civic square was revealed. It is now called Community Square.

Cllr John Burden, Gravesham council leader, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Gravesham to come out and show their support for the Army and we are doubly pleased that the regiment has been able to come during our festival week and produce what is certain to be one of the highlights this year."

For more pictures, see this Thursday's Gravesend Messenger.

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