Artillery Volunteers exercise Freemen right

MILITARY members exercised their right as Freemen of the Borough to march through Blyth town centre at the weekend.

The 203 (Elswick) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) marched with bayonets fixed, from Dun Cow Quay and down Waterloo Road, where they were given a salute by mayor of Blyth Valley, Coun Margaret Rochester.

The parade included a band, the Pipes and Drums of the 101 Northumbrian Regiment of the Royal Artillery, the Blyth detachment of the Northumbria Army Cadet Force, the Elswick All Arms Association (Comrades and Veterans) and two mobile guns.

The battery is part of the 101 Northumbrian Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) and is based at Cowpen Road in Blyth.

The battery is the only Territorial Army unit equipped with the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

Members are civilians who train one or two weekends a month and Tuesday evenings each week.