Royal Welsh Bargoed march details announced
4:01pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are being urged to line the streets of Bargoed on Saturday, September 28 to show their support for the Royal Welsh.
Plans for a parade to celebrate the third anniversary of the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh being granted the Freedom of Caerphilly county borough have been revealed.
Around 120 members of the regiment will be joined by representatives from the Royal British Legion for a parade through Bargoed town centre, which has been significantly revamped thanks to ongoing £100m regeneration works, which will start at noon.
The celebratory event will see the Royal Welsh troops exercise their Freedom of the country borough by marching from St Gwladys car park, along High Street and Hanbury Road, on to Bargoed square, where an official ceremony will take place. The regiment will then request permission to continue their march through the town along Gilfach Street before coming to a halt at the Capel pub junction.
Captain Oli Beard of the Royal Welsh regiment, said: “It means a lot to any service person to be able to march through their home town and physically see the support that the local community give to our Armed Forces.
“The 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh are looking forward to the Bargoed parade in September. It is a fantastic opportunity to re-forge our historic links with the town and the wider area and I have no doubt it will be a memorable and enjoyable experience for all who take part.”
Caerphilly council leader Harry Andrews said: “To see these brave soldiers in uniform proudly parading through the streets of Bargoed truly will be a sight to behold.”
Caerphilly council is encouraging local residents and businesses to get into the spirit of the day with military-themed Dress your House and Dress your Shop.
In order for the showpiece to run smoothly the roads along the parade route - High Street, Hanbury Road and Gilfach Street - will be closed for around one hour from roughly 11.45am to 12.45pm to allow the soldiers to parade safely.
The Freedom of Caerphilly county borough was conferred upon the Royal Welsh in September 2010.
To mark the occasion, more than 150 Army personnel marched through Caerphilly and Blackwood town centres, to the sound of thousands of cheering county borough residents.
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