Military parade in Lyndhurst to celebrate council granting of Freedom of the New Forest
On Sunday 25 September 2016 New Forest District Council will formally award the Freedom of the New Forest District to 17 Port & Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps. The regiment is based at McMullen Barracks, Marchwood. At the ceremony at NFDC's Appletree Court in Lyndhurst, Chairman of the Council Councillor Godfrey Beck will award the Freedom to the regiment's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kirsten Dagless RLC. The ceremony will also include an inspection of the troops and music from the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps. Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, Brigadier David Harrison JP DL, will attend the event along with senior members of the Army and NFDC.
Following the ceremony, more than 200 members of the regiment will march through Lyndhurst High Street along with the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps. The public are invited to line the High Street and support the Regiment and RLC band as they parade.
The route will begin at the Beaulieu Road junction with Lyndhurst High Street, passing up the High Street to the Forestry Commission's Queen's House and back down again. The parade is expected to reach the High Street at around 2.30pm.
Freedom of the District will confer upon the regiment "... the honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the New Forest District on all ceremonial occasions with swords drawn, bayonets fixed and drums beating, bands playing and colours flying".
The public is warned of a short period of road closures in Lyndhurst between 14.20 - 15.30 for this event. Details at www.newforest.gov.uk/freedom (and in Notes to Editors, overleaf).
Invitation to the media
The media are invited to cover the ceremony and the march, to film and photograph and to interview key participants. As this event involves members of the armed forces, you will understand that security will be tight.
If you wish to attend the ceremony at Appletree Court, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 20 September 2016.
We will provide you with an accreditation letter which you must bring with you and hand in at the main entrance. There will be no admittance without the accreditation letter.
Please arrive no later than 13:40 on Sunday 25 September. For security purposes the gates of Appletree Court will be closed at 13:45 and no one will be admitted after this time. It will not be possible to leave Appletree Court during the event, so you may wish to have another member of your team cover the parade on Lyndhurst High Street. There will be a dedicated media area adjacent to the Maserati garage on the High Street, next to the Army Recruiting Stand.
N.B. There will be no parking on site at Appletree Court, however please contact us if you wish to bring an outside broadcast vehicle.
We will be happy to facilitate interviews. We can also arrange for wifi access, and a quiet area to file your stories / carry out interviews.
Please contact us for detailed timings