Freedom in a Proud City of Winchester
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On a day that’s heralded joyous news from elsewhere in the country on the Royal Birth, the sun also shone earlier in a glorious sky as we all focused on freedom in a proud city of Winchester.
The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment – known as ‘The Tigers’ – conducted their ‘freedom parade’ through Winchester.
The parade takes place under the right of Freedom of Entry, an ancient privilege that allows certain regiments to parade through the city with ‘bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying’.
The event was arranged jointly by Winchester City Council and the Regiment in celebration of their Freedom prerogative, following their return from active duty in Afghanistan.
The parade started from the Peninsula Barracks at 12 noon and marched through the main pedestrian precinct to the Broadway. Spontaneous applause and cheers broke out from the crowd as the procession made its way down the High Street.
In front of the Guildhall the parade halted and formed up for inspection and speeches. There were around 160 in the parade including troops and the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers.
The presentation and reception involved the Mayor of Winchester, the Right Worshipful, Cllr Ernest Jeffs , the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and High Steward of Winchester, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, together with other civic and military VIPs, councillors, soldiers, families of the Regiment and invited guests.
Freedom in a Proud City of Winchester – The Regiment
The Regiment has a long and distinguished history, earning its first Battle Honour the Battle of Tangier in 1662.
It is the most decorated of all British Army regiments, with 57 Victoria Crosses including the VC awarded to Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry in 2004 for his gallantry in Iraq .