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Sep 02 2014

Freedom of the Borough Parade – September 20, 2014

harrow_council_logoFor the first time in 18 years, a Freedom of the Borough parade will take place in Harrow to recgonise the services to Harrow from the various organisations.

Come along and watch the Freedom Parade taking place in Harrow on Saturday, 20th September where serving soldiers from 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, 47/31 Signals and veterans of the Royal British Legion – who already hold Freedom of the Borough – will march with the 1454 Harrow Air Cadets and the Girls’ Brigade who will both be granted Freedom of the Borough for their services to Harrow.

Led by the Band of the Royal Engineers, British Legion (Surbiton) Band and The Glen Trew Pipe Band, also on Parade are units from local Army Cadets, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Police Cadets, Scouts and Guides and others. It is the first time in 18 years that a Freedom of the Borough parade is taking place in Harrow. It was last held in 1996 when Freedom of the Borough was granted to the Royal British Legion.

This year, the Harrow Air Cadets and the Girls’ Brigade will be presented with commemorative scrolls by the Mayor to mark their Freedom of the Borough for their continuous services to Harrow.  The event is part of Harrow’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as well as commemorating the beginning of the First World War.

The Freedom Parade will start at 10.30am from the junction of Station Road with Gayton Road following past Katie’s Statue and onwards to Harrow Civic Centre for a parade inspection and presentation ceremonies. Following formalities, 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers will be holding a bridge building demonstration outside Harrow Civic Centre.

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ajay Maru who will be presenting medals at the ceremony said: “This is a special and unique occasion for Harrow and its residents which will give an opportunity to show our appreciation to soldiers from 131 Commando who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. We also honour veterans from the Royal British Legion who served our country in WWII. The day is also special as we grant Freedom of the Borough to two organisations who have served Harrow well. I hope that everyone is able to take some time out of their day on Saturday to show their respects. We haven’t had an event like this in almost 20 years.”

Further information about the organisations taking part in the march, events on the day and information on road closures will be announced in the coming weeks.

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