Residents and uniform groups in South Ribble are being invited to line the streets of Leyland as the King’s Royal Hussars parade through the town to celebrate their Freedom of the Borough.
South Ribble Borough Council is organising the event on the morning of Saturday, July 21 to mark 25 years since the honour was first bestowed to the regiment in 1992.More than 80 soldiers will join the Freedom Parade which will be led by Lancashire Constabulary police horses and a military band.
- 11:00 — the King’s Royal Hussars arrive at the Civic Centre
- 11:25 — they get into formation on the main car park (to the rear)
- 11:30 — Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor John Rainsbury, inspects the troops
- 11:45 — they embark on journey from West Paddock, through Leyland town centre, and back (see full route below)
- 12:30 — end of parade through streets
- 12:40 — soldiers' reception at Civic Centre (invite only)
- 13:50 — approximate finish time
West Paddock -> Lancastergate -> Towngate -> Hough Lane -> McDonald’s roundabout -> back again (same route) to Civic Centre.
Full road closures (along the entire route) throughout the town from 11:40 until 12:30 – roads to reopen, stage by stage, after the parade has cleared each section of the route on its return journey to the Civic Centre.
Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, Councillor Mary Green said: “We are extremely proud and pleased to welcome the Kings Royal Hussars to the borough to celebrate our commitment to the regiment.
“As a council, we are passionate about championing our Armed Forces and honouring the work of our brave servicemen and women.
“It’s also extremely fitting that the event should be held this year as we mark the centenary of the First World War.”
Former Mayor, Jim Breakell granted the Freedom of the Borough to the 14th/20th King’s Hussars on 24 August 1992 – before they amalgamated to become the King’s Royal Hussars.
Up until recently, the regiment had its home headquarters in the area and nearly two thirds of the regiment are recruited from Lancashire.
Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor John Rainsbury, will undertake a full inspection of the regiment before they march out.
He commented: “It’s an incredible honour to be invited to play a part in this special event.
“I would urge residents young and old to line the streets to help show the borough’s overwhelming support for the regiment. It will be a proud day for all involved.”
Residents and uniform groups are invited to line the route to show their support on the day.
Further details about the event, including timings and the route will be publicised nearer the time.