Freedom honour for Doncaster army unit

Salute: Eva Hughes.
Salute: Eva Hughes.
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A DONCASTER based army unit will today become the latest recipient of the highest honour Doncaster can award as a borough.

As part of Armed Forces Day, 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment, 219 (South Yorkshire) Squadron Royal Logistic Corps will be awarded Freedom of Entry to Doncaster.

The ceremony will start at 9.30am, when the Saluting Party including Lieutenant Colonel John Connelly from Regimental Headquarters in Hull, The Vice Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Dr Giles Bloomer, the Civic Mayor, Coun Eva Hughes, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe and Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies will receive the Parade of the Royal Logistic Corps.

The regiment, led by a band and bugles, will then parade from Cleveland Street to the Mansion House, where Major Chris Bouttell, Officer Commanding of 219 (Yorkshire) Squadron will invite the Civic Mayor and Lieutenant Colonel Connelly to inspect the assembled troops.

The Civic Mayor will then make a short address and invite members of the Squadron to receive the Freedom of Entry Scroll.

Civic Mayor Councillor Eva Hughes said: “This is a momentous occasion for the Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps and for the borough.

“The Freedom of Entry is the highest honour that a council can give to a military unit. I encourage Doncaster residents to join me for this historic event.”

Doncaster residents are being invited to take part in a day of celebrations throughout today for national Armed Forces Day.

Fun for all the family will be on offer in the town centre including parades, face painting and musical performances.

The national event is aimed at raising the profile of the Armed Forces and Doncaster’s free programme of celebrations starts at 9.30am and continues until 3pm. Mayor Peter Davies said: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the people of Doncaster to pay tribute to the borough’s servicemen and women.”