Soldiers to exercise freedom of Chichester city

TROOPS will be seen marching through the centre of Chichester tomorrow (Wednesday, July 17).

Members of the Second Battalion of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment (PWRR) will exercise their freedom of the city.

A parade will step off from the fire station at Northgate at 11am before moving into Northgate and North Street.

At Council House, the troops will halt and there will be short speeches of welcome.

The parade will then move off towards the Cross, turn into East Street, into St Pancras, turn into New Park Road and then disperse in New Park recreation ground.

Chichester City Council, which has the right to grant the freedom of the city, said the troops would welcome support along the entire route – not just at the Cross.

Mayor of Chichester Alan Chaplin said: “It is a great honour for the city to welcome members of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment to Chichester on this historic occasion.

“We are proud of the work done by these soldiers, whether on operational duty or other occasions of support ranging from guarding the Royal Palaces, to providing last minute support last year to the London Olympics.

“I hope that as many people as possible will turn out and line the parade route to show their appreciation.”

In 1993, PWRR became successor in title to the Queen’s Regiment which, in turn, preceded the Royal Sussex Regiment in the reorganisation of the British Army.

The soldiers on parade next week are from Second Battalion PWRR, based at Woolwich Barracks.

Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, Colonel of the Regiment, said: “The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment is extremely proud to parade through the towns and cities we call home.

“We are an integral part of these communities and these parades are symbolic both of our gratitude for the tremendous support we receive and our ongoing commitment to this longstanding relationship.”

The city of Chichester has the right to grant the ‘freedom of the city’ to those it wants to honour. The first recorded freedom was given in 1901 with more recent holders, aside from PWRR, including West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the 47th Regiment Royal Artillery.