#AceUKNews – WARWICKSHIRE – June 06 – Kenilworth’s closest regiment will return to a heroes’ welcome when they parade to claim freedom of the county.
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Troops from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will march through Warwick town centre today (Friday).
The second battalion- which has strong links to Warwickshire – will then be awarded the ceremonial freedom by Warwickshire County
The battalion already has freedom of Warwick district. The latest honour will extend to the whole of Warwickshire and allow them to march with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.
Cllr Richard Davies (Con, St Johns), who joined the town campaign to save the Fusiliers from government cuts, said it was an excellent example of support from all angles.
“I was very pleased that we were able to give the freedom of the district to our local regiment and am delighted to see that the county council has followed suit,” he said.
“It does not get any better than this and proves if indeed – such proof were ever needed – that we are in all tiers of local government in total support for our local regiment.”
The Fusiliers can trace their lineage through their historic regiments – The 6th of Foot, Royal Warwickshire Regiment and Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.
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Courtesy of: Kenilworth Weekly News – June 06 – http://tinyurl.com/pwfgbwf
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