Hundreds watch on as Regiment presented with top civic honour

Hundreds of people turn out to see 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery be presented with the Freedom of Northumberland. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Hundreds of people turn out to see 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery be presented with the Freedom of Northumberland. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Hundreds of people turned out to see an Army regiment be presented with a top civic honour.

A special ceremony took place in Blyth Market Place today (Saturday) to see the 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery honoured with the Freedom of Northumberland.

Coun Dave Ledger presents the Freedom of Northumberland to the 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Coun Dave Ledger presents the Freedom of Northumberland to the 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery. Picture by John Tuttiett.

The Regiment marched from Blyth Quayside along Bridge Street and into the Market Square.

There was a short ceremonial presentation of the Freedom scroll followed by inspection of the Troops.

The route of the parade was lined by cadets from the Northumbria Army Cadet Force and hundreds of residents while military music was played by the 5th Royal Regiment of Fusiliers band.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Grant, Royal Artillery, said: “It is an honour to have the Freedom of Northumberland bestowed on 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery in the year that her Britannic Majesty’s Royal Regiment of Artillery celebrates its 300th anniversary.”