Soldiers to be honoured with Kettering parade

1st Royal Anglian regiment homecoming parade through Peterborough City centre following their tour of Afganistan

1st Royal Anglian regiment homecoming parade through Peterborough City centre following their tour of Afganistan

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Preparations are being made for a parade to honour brave soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment

It is hoped the parade through Kettering town centre will go ahead next year, but it is dependent on when the regiment returns from deployment in Afghanistan in 2014.

Kettering Council’s community portfolio holder Cllr Christopher Lamb said: “I cannot give exact details just yet, it all depends on where the regiment is deployed.

“However, the expectation is that it will be some time next year.

“We certainly hope the people of the borough will come out and give the support to the regiment as they parade through the town, as a recognition for all the work they have done.”

Soldiers in the regiment from Northamptonshire, who are nicknamed “The Poachers”, have already been given the freedom of the borough by Kettering Council.

The council gave the honorary status to the Royal Anglian Regiment as a sign of appreciation for its service in war-torn areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Royal Anglian Regiment Association area secretary Major Bill O’Driscoll said the Poachers would be honoured to parade in the town, adding: “We are hoping to do this once the second battalion, The Poachers, return from Afghanistan next year.

“We hope to exercise our freedom through Kettering, which will also form as a welcome home parade.

“On December 14, 2011, at a civic ceremony in council chambers, we were given the freedom of the borough, it will be a great honour, once the regiment has returned, to exercise that right.”