BRIDLINGTON will be awash with the sound of marching feet as the First Battalion Yorkshire Regiment hold their freedom homecoming parade in the town on Wednesday.
It is believed to be the first time the 1st Battalion, formerly The Prince of Wales’ Own, has visited Bridlington to take part in the march on Wednesday July 11.
There was no event last year, but in previous years the Second Batallion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly the Green Howards, took part in the parade.
Sarah Asquith, civic officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, explained that the freedom parade gives servicemen the chance to exercise their right to march through the centre of towns for which they have been granted freedom, as well as allowing members of the public to show their appreciation for the bravery and hard work of local soldiers.
The parade sets off at 3pm from the 3Bs Theatre at Leisure World and will march along the Promenade turning left into Cliff Street, right into Garrison Street and right into Prince Street.
They then move on to Queen Street, Bridge Street turn left into South Cliff Road and continue into South Marine Drive.
They then turn right into Pembroke Gardens where a salute will be taken by the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon. Mrs. Susan Cunliffe-Lister, at around 3.15pm.
The parade will halt in front of a stage opposite Pembroke Gardens where Mrs Cunliffe-Lister, the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chad Chadwick and the Mayor of Bridlington Town Council, Coun Michael Charlesworth, will inspect the troops.
A spokesperson for the First Battalion said: “The 1st Battalion is looking forward to their Homecoming Freedom Parade through the town of Bridlington and hopes that everyone will come out to support them.”
The Battalion will also take part in a similar parade in Beverley on the morning of Wednesday July 11, with the honorary freedom permitting the Battalion the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of Bridlington and Beverley with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing.