HUNDREDS of soldiers are to parade through Ellesmere Port in early June.
The 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) is planning to exercise the freedoms of six towns and cities in Cheshire and the Wirral.
Supported by the Band of the 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment, the soldiers will march through Runcorn on June 3 at 9.45 am, Chester at 1pm and then on June 5 in Ellesmere Port at 11am.
The 1st Battalion has served continuously at home and abroad for more than 320 years since its inception at The Roodee in Chester back in 1689.
An infantry unit, the battalion recruits its soldiers from across the Cheshire region. It completed a six-month operational tour in Iraq last year and has deployed three Company Groups to the Falkland Islands over the last five months.
A spokesman from the battalion said: “The parades offer the soldiers a great opportunity to spend some well earned time in their home county and should be a real spectacle for all those that come.”
Members of the public, former Cheshire soldiers and families and friends of those on parade are encouraged to attend the parade to show support to the soldiers of their local regiment.