5:43pm Friday 27th September 2013
SOLDIERS from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh will march through Bargoed town centre tomorrow with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.
The Freedom of Caerphilly County Borough was conferred on the Regiment in 2010 and this year’s parade will begin at midday, starting at St Gwladys car park, along High Street, Hanbury Road and through to Bargoed square in the centre of town.
Billy the Regimental Goat will lead the parade with the Goat Major, closely followed by The Band of the Prince of Wales Division and soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.
Captain Oliver Beard, Adjutant of the battalion, said it was always a pleasure for troops to be welcomed back to their home towns.
“It is a great honour for the battalion to be able to march through the town of Bargoed,” he said.
“Many of our soldiers are from the surrounding area and it is a feeling of enormous pride to see the local community offer their support whilst on parade. It is important to those of us in uniform to continue the strong links with our local communities.”
Caerphilly Council leader Harry Andrews said: “We honoured to be welcoming the Royal Welsh back to our county borough. I have no doubt that residents will turn out in their thousands to show their support and appreciation towards the regiment.”
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