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Ribble Valley to Host Huge Regimental ‘Freedom Parade’

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BEST FOOT FORWARD – Thousands of people gave the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment a rousing Ribble Valley welcome in 2011.
Published Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Over 130 soldiers are to march through Clitheroe with ‘bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying’ on Tuesday, 28 April 2020.

The 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will march through the town centre supported by the Band of the King’s Division.

Ribble Valley Borough Council awarded Freedom of the Borough to the regiment in 2011.

The honour dates from the Roman times, when troops were not allowed to enter a town or city bearing arms without the express permission of the authorities.

These days, it is a ceremonial honour showing the ties between a borough and a particular regiment.

And the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is to take up the honour next April by marching through the town centre to Market Place, where they will be presented to Ribble Valley Mayor Stella Brunskill, before a church service and civic reception.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stephen Atkinson said: “The opportunity for a Freedom parade rarely arises and this exciting event will honour the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

“The Freedom of the Borough parade in 2011 attracted thousands of spectators and we are looking forward to giving the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment another rousing Ribble Valley welcome.”

Brigadier Frazer Lawrence, Colonel of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said: “The regiment has a long and close association with Ribble Valley, which we cherish and look forward to continuing. It is therefore a great honour and privilege for us to exercise our freedom by marching through Clitheroe.”

The parade will be the highlight of a series of civic events in Ribble Valley leading up to the 75th anniversary of VE – or Victory in Europe – Day, the end of the Second World War, on Friday, 8 May.

Further details of the parade, including timings and the route, and other Ribble Valley VE Day celebrations, will be announced in due course.

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