Freedom of the Borough Granted to Regiment
Published Tuesday, 06 December 2011
The Royal Anglian Regiment receive highest honour from Council
Granting Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour a Council can bestow and is the first of its kind in the history of the Council. It represents a public demonstration of support for our soldiers, who carry out their tasks in demanding conditions and often with great personal sacrifice, sometimes ultimately with their lives. It also recognises the confidence, trust and friendship that exists between citizens of the Borough and the Royal Anglian Regiment.
A march through the streets of Kettering town centre will be organised at a later date.
Freedom of Entry dates back to Roman times, when troops were not allowed to enter a city bearing arms without the permission of the authorities. Nowadays, it is a ceremonial honour showing the Council's ties to a particular Regiment.
Major William O'Driscoll of the Royal Anglian Regiment said:
"As a Regiment, we are honoured to have been selected by the Borough of Kettering to receive the Freedom of the Borough. We see this as a reflection of the high esteem with which the public regard the Regiment and the sentiment for us at the present time."
The Mayor of Kettering, Councillor Margaret Talbot, said:
"It will be a proud day for local people to see the Royal Anglian Regiment marching through Kettering Town Centre and I hope people will turn out in large numbers to show their gratitude to our armed forces for the very difficult job they do."
Councillor Jonathan Bullock, Portfolio Holder for Communications and Rural, said:
"It is extremely important for the Council to show our support to a local regiment which has served with distinction in such testing times. I am sure this support is also reflected amongst the vast majority of people in the Borough of Kettering. We look forward to a continuing relationship."