A SOLDIER taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in Chester said officers were “extremely honoured” to be taking part.
The troops from 1 Mercian - formerly known as the Cheshire Regiment - will be leading the Lord Mayor’s Parade on July 19.
Captain Richard Quellyn-Roberts, unit press officer, said: “The officers and the soldiers of the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) is extremely honoured and grateful for all the support received from the people of Chester.
“We look forward to the privilege of marching through our home city on July 19 and hope many people will be present to receive our personal thanks.”
The 400 soldiers will march through the city as part of the annual celebration after the battalion was granted freedom of the city by councillors in March.
This means that on all ceremonial occasions when the regiment is marching in the city, it will be able to do so “with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed, or other such ceremony that may be proper at the time or appropriate to the occasion”.
The procession will depart from Gorse Stacks car park at 11am and travel down Frodsham Street before passing under the Eastgate clock.
From there, the parade will pass through St Werburgh’s Street towards the cathedral where a salute will be taken by commanding officers.
The parade will go via The Cross and Watergate Street, to end at Chester Racecourse where a ‘Welcome Home’ scroll will be presented by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Brian Bailey.
He and the Lady Mayoress, Raewyn Bailey, will also present prizes for the best floats and walking groups.
Also present will be the mayors of Ellesmere Port and Neston, and Vale Royal.