VIDEO: Army regiment marches through Barnsley

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Residents in a South Yorkshire town came to a standstill to show their respect to an Army regiment.

Hundreds of people gathered in Barnsley town centre to see members of The 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment marching past.

Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade in Barnsley town centre

Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade in Barnsley town centre

About 150 soldiers marched through the town as the regiment exercised its right to the Freedom of the Borough.

Coun Brian Mathers, Mayor of Barnsley, addressed and inspected the soldiers as they came to a halt in front of the Town Hall. He said: “It’s a proud day for me and for the people of Barnsley. We all support these young people who have risked their lives defending our country and working towards world peace.

“This is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for us to show our respect and support to the soldiers – those who continue to serve us and those who have now retired.

“They are all ecstatic about seeing these brave young men. We should always recognise our armed forces, simple as that.”

Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade in Barnsley town centre'Dickie Bird applauds the soldiers as they arrive at the town hall

Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade in Barnsley town centre'Dickie Bird applauds the soldiers as they arrive at the town hall

The parade assembled at 11am at Barnsley Town Hall, where Coun Mathers talked about the regiment’s heavy involvement at the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago.

Many of the regiment’s past and current soldiers have been born and raised in the borough. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, initially linked to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, have previously represented the country in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Among those present at the event was Barnsley’s former international cricket umpire Dickie Bird.

The 82-year-old said: “It’s tremendous for the town. You only have to look at the crowds and Barnsley has done them proud. They’ll be very pleased how it’s gone.

Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade in Barnsley town centre

Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade in Barnsley town centre

“These are the legends. They’ve been to Afghanistan, they’ve fought for us, they do a tremendous job and you’ve got to give these people credit.”