14th Signal Regiment given Freedom of Haverfordwest
4:07pm Wednesday 4th March 2009 in Video News
Hundreds of people lined the streets through Haverfordwest today (Wednesday) to cheer on the heroes of the 14th Signal Regiment as they were bestowed with the freedom of the town.
More than 250 soldiers from the Brawdy-based regiment, were given freedom of Haverfordwest, granted by the town's mayor Councillor Cherie Harvey, an honour last performed in Haverfordwest in 1964 when the freedom was granted to HMS Goldcrest.
The regiment exercised their right to march through the town with swords drawn, bayonets fixed and military band playing.
School children lined the streets with handmade Welsh flags to salute the soldiers who marched through Bridge Meadow Lane and proceeded up Perrott's Road, through Dark Street and down High Street to Castle Square where the official ceremony took place.
Cllr Harvey said it had been a very special occasion and was an opportunity to say a 'very big thank you' to the regiment.
"It was brilliant to see all the children and people who turned out to see them. It was a fantastic experience," she added.
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Carmichael said he accepted the freedom of the town on behalf of the regiment with "great humility and honour".
A prayer was also said for the three soldiers Lance Corporal Christopher Beckett, Corporal Daniel Ginty and Corporal James Luton, who were killed last month in a car crash in Roch.
Last year the regiment were presented medals by then mayor Councillor Roy Thomas to mark their tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.