WITH bayonets fixed and band playing the 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment have exercised their right to march through Bridlington today.
There were cries of “well done” and resounding applause from the assembled crowd of spectators as the soldiers, who have just completed a six month tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan took part in the freedom homecoming parade.
The parade started at 3pm outside 3Bs Theatre at Leisure World and moved right through the town taking in the Promenade, South Cliff Road, South Marine Drive.
The parade, led by a marching band in all their finery, finished at Pembroke Gradens, opposite the Spa Bridlington where the salute was taken by the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire the Hon. Susan Culiff-Lister who was then invited to inspect the troops.
Bridlington town mayor Michael Charlesworth and chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Councillor Chad Chadwick also inspected the troops.
Coun Chadwick told the Free Press he had thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the event and was full of praise for the soldiers.
“Having spoken to a lot of these guys it’s fantastic what they do. They have all come back from Afghanistan and are looking forward to their next tour which will be in Cyprus. Obviously they have missed their families and we appreciate what they do for us all,” he said.
•For the full story and photographs from the parade see next Thursday’s Bridlington Free Press.