Stafford to salute local regiment

Date: 16 Jul, 2017

5369_Stafford to salute local regimentAround 150 servicemen and women will be marching through the streets of Stafford this week to mark a decade since they declared the County Town their home.

The 22nd Signal Regiment reformed in Stafford in 2007 at Beacon Barracks and were awarded the Freedom of the Borough the following year.

And on Thursday (20 July) residents, shoppers and visitors are expected to line the streets as the regiment parades along the town centre where the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire and High Sheriff of Staffordshire will take the salute in the town’s Market Square.

The day has been organised by the Regiment and Borough Council and will begin with the Soldiers marching through the town from around 12 noon to form up in the Market Square ready for inspection by the Mayor, Councillor Aidan Godfrey, the Lord Lieutenant, Ian Dudson, and High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Humphrey Scott-Moncrieff – along with Brigadier Paul Griffiths, the Regiment’s Brigade Commander.

They will then ask permission to exercise their freedom parading through Princess Street, Stafford Street and Gaolgate Street, accompanied by the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, before taking the salute.

The Regiment was based in Lippstadt, Germany and disbanded in 1992. They reformed in April 2007 and the reformation parade took place in July of that year.

Councillor Godfrey, said: “It will be a great honour to be a part of such a wonderful occasion where we honour our brave servicemen and women who do so much to help us protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

“Our regiments and their families have become an integral piece of the fabric which makes our borough such a great place. The warmth towards our soldiers is always obvious on an occasion such as this and demonstrates how much our community appreciates them.”

Press Release No 5369

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