The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will be exercising their right as Freemen of Lancaster to march through the city’s streets on Monday July 17.
The day will begin with a service at 11am at the Priory Church, following which the Commanding Officer will ask permission from the Mayor for the regiment to exercise their right as Freemen of the City to march through the streets with “flags flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed”.
Led by the band of The Royal Armoured Corps, the regiment will set off from Lancaster Castle at approximately 11.50am, turning onto Market Street and along Penny Street to Brock Street before making its way to the town hall.
The parade is due to march past Lancaster Town Hall at around 12pm, taking the salute from the mayor, Coun Roger Mace, before stopping in Dalton Square for inspection.
A soldier from Heysham will be among those parading in Lancaster as he marks his unit’s return home from overseas duties.
Kingsman Daniel Campbell, 20, has been in the Army for just over three years. He serves with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which recruits from across the north west.
The Infantry battalion, also known as 2 LANCS, is based at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool, and is one in which personnel fight on foot.
During the last six months its soldiers have been deployed on operations in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and most recently Iraq.
Daniel, a former Heysham High School pupil, said: “I have always wanted to be in the Army since I was kid and since I’ve joined I’ve worked in Latvia, the Falkland Islands, Kenya and all over the UK.
“I love going to new places and am hoping to go to Louisiana in America where we can train with the US Army.”
A series of rolling road closures will be implemented from approximately 11.45am for the duration of the passing parade and the mayoral salute.
All members of the public are encouraged and welcome to attend and line the route of the march to wish the regiment well.
Coun Mace said: “The city of Lancaster is proud to be able to continue its relationship with the armed forces by honouring The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and reaffirming our bond of friendship. I hope lots of people will crowd the pavements to view the parade and cheer loudly to show their appreciation for our troops.”
The current regiment was formed in 2006 following the merger of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, The King’s Regiment and The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.