Soldiers March Through Bridport To Accept Freedom
10:47am 22nd June 2014
Soldiers from the Regular Army and Reservists will march through Bridport today, 3 years after being awarded freedom of the town (Sunday 22nd June).
90 servicemen and women from 1st and 6th battalion The Rifles will stand shoulder to shoulder and dozens of well-wishers are expected to turn out to salute them.
The soldiers were first granted freedom of the town in 2011 but due to operational commitments, our Dorset soldiers weren't able to make a full ceremony.
Today, at 11 o'clock they'll fulfil their right to the town and march from West Street Coach Park to the Town Hall.
Dorset Cadet's will join them to St Mary's Church where a reception will be held.
Councillor Maggie Ray, Town Mayor said that: "This will be a very special event for the town and I am sure the whole town will turn out to watch the parade."
Lt Col (Retd) G S Nicholls, Rifles Regimental Secretary, added that: "The Rifles were very proud to have been granted the Freedom of Bridport in 2011. We look forward very much to returning to exercise our right of marching through the town for what promises to be a memorable event."