Brecon Town Freedom Parade

By Rfn Indraraj Sherchan, GC (M)

Sunday 22 July 2012 marked the celebration of 27 years since the Gurkhas first came to serve in Brecon. In 1985 Gurkha Company (Mandalay) were declared as Honorary Citizens of Brecon for recognition of their service to the community. This honour bestows the right to march through the streets of the town bearing arms with the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

At 1405 hours, Major Khusiman Gurung MVO (RGR) followed by Captain Kushalkumar Gurung and Captain Jogendrasing Limbu, and the personnel of GC (M), marched through Brecon town accompanied by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas; we were warmly welcomed by the gathering crowds.

By 1420 hours we were already in position for the inspection; the Mayor of Brecon, Councilor Paul Ashton, took the salute and inspected the parade. He was accompanied by The High Sheriff of Powys, Lady Susan Large and Brigadier P M L Napier OBE, Commander 160 (Wales) Brigade.

Encouraging speeches were made about the Gurkhas by the Mayor of Brecon. He praised us for our high standard of drill, our presentation and about our role in Brecon. It was truly wonderful to see so many people enjoying the parade and showing their support for the Gurkhas.

At 1525 hrs, a display of a traditional Nepalese dances took place by the children of GC (M) and Kukri dancing by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The finale parade was well received by all. It was a real privilege to taking part in the Brecon Freedom Parade.  Jai GC (M)!