WATCH: Soldiers on the march through Stafford to mark decade in the borough
Around 150 servicemen and women marched through Stafford today to mark a decade since they declared the county town their home.
22nd Signal Regiment reformed in Stafford in 2007 at Beacon Barracks and was awarded the Freedom of the Borough the following year.
Residents, shoppers and visitors lined the streets as the regiment paraded through the town centre from midday.
Mayor of Stafford borough Councillor Aidan Godfrey, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson and High Sheriff of Staffordshire Humphrey Scott-Moncrieff were taking the salute in the town’s Market Square.
The day was organised by the regiment and borough council and began with the soldiers marching through the town from around 12 noon to form up in the Market Square.
They were then asking 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.
Speaking ahead of the event, 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.”