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Freedom of the Borough for Chicksands

Armed forces day with pipers piping in kilts along the High Street in Bedford.

Bedford Borough Council agreed at a special Full Council meeting on Wednesday night to confer the prestigious Freedom of the Borough upon the United Kingdom Strategic Command – Chicksands. It will grant the Command the esteemed right of Freedom of Entry to the Borough, allowing its personnel to march through the streets of the town centre on ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating, and bayonets fixed.

Mayor Tom Wootton said, “I hope this will be a small part in the recognition of significant contributions and dedicated service of the United Kingdom Strategic Command – Chicksands to the nation’s defence. A historic march is scheduled to take place through Bedford town centre at the end of June, showcasing the unity and strength of the Command’s personnel. More details will follow.”

“This is the first Freedom of the Borough of its type ever bestowed by Bedford Borough Council. Therefore, the parade is a very special occasion and I encourage everyone to come and join the troops’ celebration by lining the streets to cheer them along their way.”

Following the march, a Civic Reception will be held in the Corn Exchange to honour the military personnel, with Councillors, Honorary Alderpersons, and guests. 

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