Soldiers from the Queen’s Gurkha Signals received the Freedom of the City of York today to mark their 200th anniversary.
More than 160 soldiers were on parade consisting of 40 members of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals and 120 soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment based at Imphal Barracks in Fulford.
The troops marched through the city with bayonets fixed and to the music of the Band of the Queen’s Division. In addition, the Gurkhas carried Kukris in their belts.
While the soldiers exercised their Freedom of the City, the guests and public were entertained by a traditional Gurkha Kukri dance featuring dancers wielding the Nepalese sharp knives for which they are famous and accompanied by four Gurkha pipers and a drummer.
Lieutenant Colonel Niall Stokoe, Commanding Officer of 30 Signal Regiment and Commander of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, said: “Today marks a singular honour as Queen’s Gurkha Signals, for today is our day where we are recognised by the people and the city of York and granted the Freedom of one of this country’s most historic cities.
“It is a singular honour for me as Commander of Queens Gurkha Signals to receive this Freedom and it will be an honour for this Regiment as we march through the city.”