Freedom March for Yorkshire Regiment

Published: 10th Jun 2008

Please note this is an archived Press Release

Military MarchMORE than 500 soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment 2 Yorks (Green Howards) will mark their return from Afghanistan by marching through Redcar next week to receive Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Freedom of the Borough.

The Regiment Band will lead the soldiers, all with bayonets fixed, as they set off from Majuba Road on Wednesday, June 18 at 2.30pm to formally receive the Borough's highest civic honour.

They will take a route through the town before stopping on the Esplanade, with the Council's Mayor, Councillor Mike Findley, taking the salute at 3pm, inspecting the troops and presenting a Freedom scroll to the officer in charge, Major Mark Bower, QGM.

Route of the Military March

The Regimental Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel David O'Kelly, said: "We are delighted with the support the Regiment has received in putting on the Freedom parade, which shows the good relationship that has developed with the Regiment and the Council over the years.

"The parade will be an excellent opportunity for the local poeple to show their appreciation and support for all the hard work that the soldiers have put in over the last 12 months. And I must add their thanks, too, for the chance to enjoy a post-parade meal of pie and peas and a pint. That is really appreciated!"

Council Leader, Councillor George Dunning, said: "This is going be a memorable day for Redcar. Everyone remembers the filming of Atonement, recreating 1940s Dunkirk, on the beach.

"Now we have a fantastic chance to welcome back real soldiers, who have earned our respect and pride for their efforts in the most difficult and trying circumstances. I hope as many people as possible - of all ages - will line the streets to give them a welcome that will last long in their memories."

The route starts from Majuba Road, turns right on to Lobster Road, left onto Coatham Road, left on to West Dyke Road/West Terrace towards the Town Clock, turns right at the Clock on to the High Street.

At the end of the High Street, the parade will turn left on to the Esplanade, then stops for the presentations along the Esplanade, with a dais opposite Dundas Street.

The Redcar Bowl car park will be closed to the general public. From 1pm onwards, Majuba Road, after the main car park entrance, (the main car park will still be open), Newcomen Terrace and The Esplanade will be closed until after the parade at approximately 4pm.

Lobster Road, Coatham Road and the High Street will have a rolling road closure and will reopen immediately after the parade has passed.

A special map, with key times, showing the route can be seen and/or downloadable from the Council's website,

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