Regiment is given freedom of Corby

THE people of Corby have saluted the bravery of their battle-hardened local regiment – by granting it the Freedom of the Borough.

At a special full council meeting of Corby Council on Thursday night, councillors presented the honorary status to the Royal Anglian Regiment.

Watched by many current and former members of the armed forces, mayor Gail McDade signed a script signalling the handover.

Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battilion of the Royal Anglian Regiment Colonel Nigel Johnson shook her hand and accepted the status to wide applause.

He said: “I can vouch to the strong bond that we have with you.

“The regiment do you and your county an immense service.

“By awarding us the freedom of the borough you have given us the honour we look forward to of parading through the borough.

“It is a great honour to accept this.”

Before presenting the freedom of the borough, councillors also spoke of their support of the motion.

Cllr McDade said: “It is a token of the appreciation felt by local people in the dedication and self-sacrifice shown by our brave men and women who serve to protect us all.”

Cllr David Sims used the occasion to also pay tribute to former council leader Pat Fawcett, who seconded the motion for the idea and died last weekend.

The freedom allows the regiment to freely march through the borough on all ceremonial occasions. The council is planning a parade for the regiment through the streets of Corby later this year.