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1 Mercian Freedom Parade - Chester


Freedom of Congleton


FREEDOM PARADES


It has been a busy year for the 1st Battalion when it has come to Freedom Parades. Between July 2008 and March 2009, the towns and cities of Chester, Ellesmere Port, Crewe and Macclesfield have been marched through, with parades in Congleton and Birkenhead to come in the near future. In July 2008, we were also lucky enough to be invited to Clarence House where The Colonel in Chief presented over 120 officers and soldiers with Iraq Campaign medals after Op Telic 11. The Battalion was out around the County on Remembrance Sunday, supporting parades in Chester, Birkenhead, Stockport, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Winsford and Crewe. The public have been out in force for every parade and it has been heart-warming to feel the generosity of their support. Likewise, the Councils have been excellent in facilitating the parades and their hospitality following each of them has been second to none. However, it cannot be said that the weather has been a great supporter of the parades with every parade seen as an opportunity for the heavens to open on us. Chester was particularly memorable for the way in which monsoon-like rain lashed down from nowhere as the Battalion came to a halt on the racecourse and received the Freedom of Chester on behalf of The Mercian Regiment. Thankfully, desert combats are relatively quick drying!


Reinforcing the link with the County of Cheshire has been of paramount importance and it is most pleasing to see that The Mercian Regiment is now a recognised name amongst the public as they understand that the Cheshire element has not gone away.


18 October 2009 The Mercian Eagle


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