City to Welcome Home Returning Troops

  • 04 December 2009
    04/12/2009Visitors to Newcastle will be invited to stand to attention next week as the city prepares to welcome home members of the armed forces as they return from active service in Afghanistan.The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be the first to parade through the city centre on Wednesday, 9 December at 11.30am.Over 250 troops will be taking...

04/12/2009

Visitors to Newcastle will be invited to stand to attention next week as the city prepares to welcome home members of the armed forces as they return from active service in Afghanistan.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be the first to parade through the city centre on Wednesday, 9 December at 11.30am.

Over 250 troops will be taking part in this march past which will include the marching band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.   

On Friday, 11 December it will be the turn of the Light Dragoons who will head off on their parade at 12.15pm.

The company of 250 service men and women will parade along the city's streets and will be followed by armoured vehicles including a Jackal, Panther and two Scimitars. 

This parade will also feature the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Light Dragoons are past recipients of the Honorary Freedom of Newcastle upon Tyne so they will be using their right to parade through the city centre with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing. 

As well as being given the honorary freedom of the city, each company has strong links to Newcastle and many of their members come from the city or the surrounding area. 

Both parades will form up at the Civic Centre and will parade along St Mary's Place, Percy Street, Blackett Street, Northumberland Street, Northumberland Road and John Dobson Street.

During the two parades the Lord Mayor will be invited to take the salute at the dais in front of Grey's Monument.  

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Mike Cookson, said:  "I'm sure the whole city would like to join me in giving our service men and women a warm welcome to Newcastle after their tour in Afghanistan.

"They have all done a fantastic job and I would like to pay tribute to their courage and I hope they enjoy their time in their adopted city."

He added:  "Newcastle and the North East have strong links to the armed forces so these parades will also give us an opportunity to remember those who are still on active service around the world especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you want to pledge you support, the NE1 Street Rangers will be handing out Union Jack flags around Grey's Monument and lower Northumberland Street for you to wave as the parade passes by.

To accommodate the parade and military vehicles the public car park at Newcastle Civic Centre will be closed to the public on both days and will re-open at 2.30pm later that day.

The two parades will mean some of the city's roads will be closed for a short time so please allow for more time if visiting the city centre.