Royal Anglian Regiment To Visit Bedford For Freedom
Bedford town centre will be the scene for a
major military display next Tuesday when soldiers of the Royal
Anglian Regiment will be exercising their right to march through
the town with Colours flying and bayonets fixed.
The Royal Anglian Regiment received the
Freedom of the Borough in 1980, though the original award dates
back to 1946 when the award was made to the Bedfordshire and
Hertfordshire Regiment, nicknamed “The Poachers” in honour of the
Regimental march “The Lincolnshire Poacher”.
The regiment will parade through the town
centre before an inspection in Harpur Square. Accompanying up to
160 soldiers from the Regiment will be the Kings Division Band
playing a range of traditional marching tunes. There will also be a
display by the Drum Corp of the 2nd Battalion Royal
Anglian Regiment in Harpur Square.
The parade will start at 12:05 when the
Regiment will march down Midland Road making their way to Harpur
Square at 12:25. Freedom Parades are taking place across the East
celebrating the Regiment’s historic link with each town.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
commented: “The Royal Anglian Regiment and its predecessors have a
very strong historic link to the town. We’re proud to welcome the
regiment back to Bedford. The parade provides the opportunity to
recognise their hard work and the suffering they have endured away
from their families and in often difficult conditions.”