The Welsh Guards, granted the Freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2013 returned to the County Borough to undertake a Freedom Parade earlier today (Thursday 14th September).
… and they March! Welsh Guards Freedom Parade in Pontypridd – we're here in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park for the start!
Posted by GTFM on Thursday, 14 September 2017
The public lined the route earlier today (Thursday 14th September) to support the troops and enjoyed the military spectacle.
The Freedom of the County Borough is the highest civic honour that can be bestowed and was granted in recognition of The Welsh Guards service and strong links to the area.
The Welsh Guards are currently preparing for operations next year and this was a rare opportunity to see them close up on home soil before they depart the UK.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said:
“I am delighted that The Welsh Guards had a wonderful warm welcome on their return to our County Borough for their Freedom Parade which celebrated and consolidated further, the enduring relationship between the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Welsh Guards.
“It was a great honour for the Council to be able to bestow upon The Welsh Guards the Freedom of the County Borough in 2013, and we take even greater pride in seeing them exercise their right to that Freedom.
“The Welsh Guards and the County Borough has a long and historical partnership, with many of our residents both past and present joining the regiment – people such as Sergeant Robert Bye, who received the Regiment’s first Victoria Cross for his bravery in battle.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was one of the first Local Authorities in Wales to establish an Armed Forces Covenant, which strengthened our relationship with our Armed Forces Community.
“Furthermore, the Council’s continued commitment to its serving and veteran Armed Forces Community has led to the authority securing the prestigious Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence for the support we offer to them.”