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Town shows its support for troops

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THE people of Warrington showed their support for the Army today when they turned out in force to cheer members of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment as they paraded through the town centre.

It was a unique occasion as the regiment, which has links to Warrington going back almost 150 years, marched through streets lined with well-wishers.

The regiment has the right, as Freemen of the Borough, to parade through the town with colours flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed.

Recently returned from Cyprus, and currently station at Chester, it was the first time the 1st Battalion had joined the other two battalions of the regiment to be in the North West at the same time.

The march followed on from last week’s Freedom parade by the 75 Engineers Regiment in the town.

The Freedom was first granted to the South Lancashire Regiment in 1947 and passed to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in 2006.

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