10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment will celebrate receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Rushmoor with a special parade in Aldershot on Saturday 12 March.
Made up of soldiers from one of the British Army’s most formidable fighting forces, the Gurkhas, around 150 soldiers from the Regiment, will be marching through the town led by the Brigade of Gurkhas Band and their own Regimental Pipes and Drums.
The soldiers will begin their march through the town outside the Princes Hall at 11am following an inspection by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Martin Tennant, who will formally present the Freedom Scroll to the Regiment.
The Freedom Parade will continue along Grosvenor Road, Victoria Road, Station Road, High Street and back along Princes Way. The parade is expected to take 45 minutes during which time road closures will be in place in the town centre.
Aldershot residents will be encouraged to join in the celebrations and there will be plenty of Union flags handed out to add colour to the event.
The decision to award the Freedom of the Borough to the Gurkhas was approved by Rushmoor Borough Council at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last July, when councillors unanimously backed a motion conferring the honour on the Regiment for their “bravery and courage” and for its contribution to the life of the community.
10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment forms part of the Brigade of Gurkhas and is affiliated to The Royal Logistic Corps. It was created in April 2001 and first moved to Rushmoor in 2002. Currently settled in Gale Barracks on Alison’s Road, it is likely to remain in Aldershot for the long term.
During its time in Aldershot, the Regiment has completed two operational tours of Iraq (including the initial invasion) and two of Afghanistan. Last year also marked the 200th anniversary of Gurkha service in the British Army.
The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Martin Tennant, said: “Rushmoor is extremely proud of the long historic link with the Gurkhas as they have made their home in Aldershot. They continue to serve the British Army and the local community with tremendous distinction.
“I am sure local residents will be turning out in force and showing their usual enthusiasm on this special day for the Gurkhas and the people of Aldershot.”