Over a hundred soldiers will march through Beverley and Bridlington with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing as they exercise their freedom rights.
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment will take part in the Freedom Parades on Friday, 30 June led by commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Humpris.
The Honorary Freedom permits them the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of Beverley and Bridlington with bayonets fixed, colour flying and bands playing.
It was in 2006 when East Riding of Yorkshire Council resolved to transfer the Freedom granted by the former East Yorkshire Borough Council and Beverley Borough Council in recognition of the long-standing association with The Yorkshire Regiment and the high esteem in which they are held by the people of the East Riding and their devoted service to Queen and country.
The parade will start at New Walk in Beverley at 11am and will march to the gates of North Bar, which will be closed.
The parade commander will ask for permission to pass through the gates, which will be granted by the town crier on behalf of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Beverley Town Council, and the gates will be opened.
The parade will then make its way to the Market Cross in Saturday Market where the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, will take the salute, together with Councillor Caroline Fox, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Mrs Gillian Drewry, High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Town Mayor of Beverley, Ann Willis.
The Lord Lieutenant, chairman and town mayor will be invited to inspect the troops followed by speeches and exchange of gifts after which the parade will march off to School Lane.
In the afternoon, the parade moves to Bridlington and at 2.30pm the soldiers will leave Bridlington Spa and march along the Promenade and South Marine Drive to Pembroke Gardens.
At about 2.40pm, the town crier will invite the parade to give their salute to the civic and military dignitaries, including the Town Mayor of Bridlington before the parade commander invites the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire to inspect The Yorkshire Regiment followed by speeches and an exchange of gifts.
The parade will march off from Pembroke Gardens at about 3pm to make their way back to East Riding Leisure Bridlington via Bridge Street, Queen Street, Cross Street and the Promenade.
This will be the last ceremonial, public event before officers and men of the 2nd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment deploy to Afghanistan at the end of July.
Commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Humpris, said: “It’s a huge honour and privilege to be leading my soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment through two of our freedom towns just before we deploy.
“It allows us to say farewell to two of the communities we represent and spiritually to wish farewell to the county.
“The responsibility of serving our county and country on operations is one that we hold incredibly seriously and my Yorkshire soldiers have set about the task of preparing for that in the hugely positive, tough, honest and straight-forward manner for which they are famed and celebrated.
“We are now exceptionally well-trained and excited and ready for the challenges that will follow.”
Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Caroline Fox, said: “The Freedom Parades are such a spectacular event and being involved in these parades is such an honour.
“The parades will give the people of East Yorkshire a chance to say farewell to the soldiers before they leave for duties in Afghanistan.”
Details of road closures
There will be a number of full and rolling road closures in Beverley and Bridlington while the parades take places.
The rolling road closures will only be in force while the parade is on the march.
Beverley – Full road closures
Saturday Market – 6am-2pm
Old Waste – 6am-2pm
Wednesday Market – 6am-2pm
Rolling road closures
Burton Road – 10.45am-1.30pm
Molescroft Road, New Walk, North Bar Without – 10.45am-1.30pm
North Bar Within – 10.45am-1pm
Sow Hill Road – 10.45am-1pm
Ladygate – 10.45am-1pm
Toll Gavel – 10.45am-1pm
Butcher Row – 10.45am-1pm
Lord Roberts Road (between Highgate and Eastgate junction) – 10.45am-1pm
Railway Street – 10.45pm-1pm
New Walkergate (between Railway Street and School Lane junction) – 10.45am-1pm
School Lane – 10.45am-1pm
Bridlington Full closures
South Marine Drive and South Cliff Road (between Summerfield Road and Bridge Street junction – 2pm-4pm
Rolling road closures
Bridge Street – 2pm-4pm
Queen Street – 2pm-4pm
Cross Street – 2pm-4pm
Promenade (between Cross Street and Trinity Road junction) – 2pm-4pm.