Local Army Unit To March Through Stapleford
Soldiers from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group will march through the streets of Stapleford next month when they exercise their Freedom of the Borough of Broxtowe.
Saturday 4th May will see some 100 highly specialised Royal Engineers march through the town with drums beating, flags flying and bayonets fixed.
Stapleford residents and visitors alike are being invited to line the streets and cheer on the parade when they march through the town centre.
Accompanied by the Nottinghamshire Band of Royal Engineers, the parade will step off from Halls Road at 10.30am to march along Derby Road, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Colonel Tim Richmond MBE TD DL will take the salute Near the War Memorial
170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, based at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell comprises five Works Groups, including 67 Works Group Royal Engineers and 64 Works Group Royal Engineers who will be on parade. Together they provide a civil, mechanical and electrical engineering capability to the Armed Forces.
The 400-strong Group has had a permanent presence in Afghanistan since 2001 where it has been responsible for the planning, developing and maintaining of all infrastructure support to UK forces. This includes the airport, power and life support such as kitchens, hospitals and ablutions. Another important part of the teams work is to develop the Afghan’s own expertise so that they can plan, build and maintain their own infrastructure.
62 Works Group is currently deployed in Afghanistan and is due to return in June when 66 Works Group will deploy.
The march follows parades in Beeston and Eastwood in previous years after Broxtowe Borough Council unanimously agreed to confer the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Broxtowe upon 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group in recognition of their outstanding achievements, commitment and dedication in the service of this country and as an expression of the high regard in which they are held by the Council and members of the community.
Regimental Sergeant Major, Julian Thomas said:
“I hope the people of Stapleford and the local area will spare half an hour on the 4th May to come along and show their support to the soldiers. We are a very busy, highly specialised unit. We deploy all over the world in support of the Armed Forces and to know that the local community is supporting us means a great deal.”
Granting the Freedom of a town, city or borough to an individual is a long-standing tradition with origins dating back to the Roman Empire. Conferring the honorary “Freedom of Entry” upon a regiment is a more recent tradition. (The City of Sheffield bestowed the first honour of Freedom to the York and Lancaster Regiment in 1943) although its roots still lie deep in history. At one time when a regiment wished to recruit more men they found it was necessary to obtain the consent of the local borough or town in order to enter the streets. Today, the tradition lives on in most towns and cities and serves only to promote good relations between the Army and the residents.
Issued by the MOD