Royal Anglian soldiers to parade colours through Bedford with bayonets fixed

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Bedford town centre will be the scene for a major military display on Tuesday, July 22, when soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment will be exercising their right to march through the town with Colours flying and bayonets fixed.

The regiment will parade through the town centre before an inspection in Harpur Square. Accompanying up to 160 soldiers from the Regiment will be the Kings Division Band playing a range of traditional marching tunes. There will also be a display by the Drum Corp of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in Harpur Square.

The parade will start at 12.05pm when the Regiment will march down Midland Road making their way to Harpur Square at 12.25pm. Freedom Parades are taking place across the East celebrating the Regiment’s historic link with each town.

The Royal Anglian Regiment received the Freedom of the Borough in 1980, though the original award dates back to 1946 when the award was made to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, nicknamed “The Poachers” in honour of the Regimental march “The Lincolnshire Poacher”.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The Royal Anglian Regiment and its predecessors have a very strong historic link to the town. We’re proud to welcome the regiment back to Bedford. The parade provides the opportunity to recognise their hard work and the suffering they have endured away from their families and in often difficult conditions.”