THE Welsh Guards led one of the biggest military parades Pembroke Dock has ever seen on Saturday (July 19).

The bicentenary parade stepped-off from Pembroke Dock Community School at 11am, making its way through the town to the Royal Dockyard Chapel.

The Fanfarenzug Stadt Band – which was on a twinning visit from Bergen, Germany - Pembroke Borough Silver band and Haverfordwest ATC Band were on parade.

About 100 standards from across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and about 600 people, including troops from 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) based at Brawdy, and Army, Air Force, Royal Marine and sea cadets also took part.

Pembrokeshire district parade marshal David Boswell said: “It was a damn good parade.”

He added: “It’s always a proud moment to have the Welsh Guards leading the way, it’s excellent.

“The Welsh Guards put the shine on the boots but at the end of the day if none of the other people had come it would have been a flop.

“They came from all around South Wales to make this parade for Pembroke Dock a real success and I thank them all.”

Bicentenary coordinator Martin Cavaney said: “It was a very, very successful weekend – the town was very, very busy and there were a lot of people in the centre of town. We were very pleased.”

On Sunday (July 20) afternoon the Fanfarenzug Stadt Band and members of the Schutencorp (Shooting Club Members) from Bergen paraded along Pembroke Main Street to the Castle for a performance.