20 September 2010>
The brave men and women of the Royal Welsh will be honoured this weekend (Saturday 25th September) when Caerphilly county borough council confers the 'Freedom of the County Borough' on the regiment.
Everyone is being encouraged to turn out and show their support for the troops at two special parades on Saturday 25th September to mark this prestigious occasion.
The first parade will take place in Caerphilly town centre on Saturday morning. The regiment will set off from St Martins Comprehensive school at 9.30am, making their way down through the town centre (along Cardiff Road) before assembling for the official ceremony at the cenotaph outside the Visit Caerphilly Centre.
After formally receiving the 'Freedom of the County Borough' in Caerphilly, the regiment will then be transported to Blackwood where they will start a second parade. The troops will set off from the former Somerfield car park at 11.30am before marching along the High Street and past dignitaries assembled at the front of Blackwood Miners Institute.
"I would encourage the whole community to go along on the day to line the streets of Caerphilly and Blackwood and show support for our brave troops," said leader of council, Cllr Lindsay Whittle. "We are delighted to be able to confer this special honour on the regiment and we hope the day will be a fitting tribute to the men and women who serve in our armed forces."
The parades will involve a number of road closures in Caerphilly and Blackwood town centres on Saturday 25th September. Closure signs will be in place and the routes will be reopened as quickly as possible as the parades pass through the town centres.
For more information about the event or the road closures contact 01443 864264.
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