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Royal Welsh parade in Denbighshire to reaffirm Freedom of the County

 

On Saturday, more than 120 Welsh soldiers paraded through a Denbighshire town.

 

The Royal Welsh wowed crowds who lined the streets of Ruthin town centre in their hundreds.

 

The march was held to reaffirm the Freedom of the County awarded to the Army Regiment by Denbighshire County Council in June 2011.

 

It started with a Freedom Ceremony at the town’s Cenotaph and the Regimental goat Fusilier Llywelyn and band led the parade through Wynnstay Road, up Market Street and to St Peter’s Square.

 

The Freedom of the County was awarded in recognition of The Royal Welsh’s services to the County and for their courage and bravery in the execution of their duty, both at home and overseas.

 

The attendees included Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Clwyd Colonel JCW Williams MC DL, the Leader of Denbighshire County Council, Councillor Hugh Evans, and the Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Richard Mainon.

 

The Royal Welsh are Wales’ Infantry Regiment, consisting of one regular and one reserve battalion who carry on the legacy of their rich history and heritage. They uphold high levels of professionalism, display self-discipline at all times, show courage when tested and display lifelong loyalty to fellow Soldiers and Officers.

 

Members of the public, local residents and visitors were able to witness a memorable and colourful event. The march also featured representatives from Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF), as well as No 2 Welsh Wing Air Training Corps (ATC).

 

The Mayor of Ruthin, Councillor Jim Bryan, inspected the Cadets who then went on to visit Ruthin Castle before returning to training at Kinmel Camp.

 

Drill is just one aspect of the Cadet organisations, who give young people between the ages of 12-18 (ACF) and 12-20 (Air Cadets) opportunities to acquire basic military skills, participate in sports, adventurous training, fundraising events and gain qualifications, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

 

Images by Major John Baxendale, Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF Public Relations Officer.

 

(Wednesday 6 September 2017)

 

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