Freedom march plans revealed

CIVIC HONOUR: The Rifles march through Wakefield after being granted Freedom of the city last year.
CIVIC HONOUR: The Rifles march through Wakefield after being granted Freedom of the city last year.

A CIVIC celebration will be held when the Rifles regiment is awarded the Freedom of Dewsbury later this month.

The regiment will be presented with a scroll and bugle on Saturday July 30 before a military parade through the town centre.

On Tuesday, Dewsbury Town and Valley Committee approved a grant of £6,000 towards hosting the celebration and a Dewsbury Veterans’ Day event in November.

The remaining cost for the parade, expected to be at least £2,600, will be met by the Mayor’s Civic Budget.

The budget includes £200 for union flags to be handed out to children.

The parade is due to set off from the town hall at 11am before assembling on Longcauseway.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth, (Lab, Dewsbury East) and the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, will then present the bugle and scroll before inspecting the troops.

At 11.30am the Rifles will exercise their Freedom by marching around the town centre. Guests and troops will then enjoy a civic lunch at Dewsbury Town Hall.

The event for veterans of current and past conflicts will be held in November as close as possible to Remembrance Sunday.