Wednesday, 17 March 2010

2 Mercian cheered through Newark

Thousands of local people lined the streets of Newark, Nottinghamshire to cheer the proud members of 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment when they marched through the town yesterday.

Yesterday's Freedom Parade followed on from equally popular marches on Friday in Glossop and Monday in Ripley.

Their CO Lieutenant Colonel Colin Marks, said: "Our links with Nottinghamshire go back for over 200 years and they are more important to us now than they have ever been. We continue to enjoy tremendous support from the local communities. These marches are an opportunity for us to say thank you to our families, friends and everyone back at home."

Today 2 Mercian are marching through Mansfield. The boys will be getting tired 'cos after that they still have four more parades to go:
March 18th - Ashbourne Parade
March 19th - Freedom of Matlock Parade
March 19th - Freedom of Chesterfield Parade
March 20th - Homecoming Parade through Redditch

Well done, 2 Mercian! Well done Newark!

The Sun: Thousands salute their heroes
BBC: Troops march through Ripley town centre in Derbyshire
Flickr: 12th March 2010 Parade through Glossop, Derbyshire, England