A BATTLE is going on behind the scenes to have the new-look Cheshire Regiment based in the county.
As part of a massive reshuffle of the infantry, the 317-year-old county unit is due to merge with the Staffordshires and Sherwood Foresters next year to become the Mercian Regiment.
That regiment will have three battalions, one of which will be what was once the Cheshire Regiment.
Writing on the regimental website, the Cheshires' new colonel, Brigadier Andrew Sharpe, says a 'robust discussion' continues within the Army over where each of these battalions will be located.
He says: 'I believe that we may yet achieve some success here, although there is a delicate and difficult debate to come.
'If we were to succeed in clinching Chester, with the latest revision of roles that would leave the three Mercian battalions very well placed.
'One would be in a Type A mechanised brigade in Catterick, one in a Type A light brigade in Chester and one in a Type A armoured brigade in Fallingbostel (Germany). This would provide a home base and three demanding roles, all of which would bring a constant and varied diet of operational experience. This is potentially very good news indeed for the county and for our serving soldiers, and I shall be fighting very hard to make it so.'