Saturday, 25 April 2009

3 Mercian Freedom Parade in Dudley

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment execised their right to march with fixed bayonets through the streets of Dudley yesterday. The Freedom Parade was a way in which the Regiment could say goodbye to the town prior to their relocation to Germany.

Crowds of well-wishers lined the streets, many dressed in red and white in a dual celebration of St George’s Day, to cheer the soldiers who were preceded by a 40-piece marching band and their regimental ram mascot.

The Mayor of Dudley took the salute and said: "We are very proud of our association with the regiment and hope people will share that sense of pride when they see them marching through the town.”