The Freedom of Haverhill

The 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment celebrated receiving the Freedom of Haverhill by parading through the town on Sunday 6th October 2019.

Granted by Haverhill Town Council in June 2019 following a proposal put forward by Cllr Tony Brown (a former soldier himself) while he was the town’s mayor, the ceremonial decree allows the regiment to march through the town with bayonets fixed, drums beating, band playing and colours flying. This was the first time they had exercised this right.

Led by the Band of the Royal Artillery, over 100 troops from the Regiment’s C Company and D Company were cheered and clapped as they marched proudly along Swan Lane, Ehringshausen Way, Mount Road, High Street and finally onto the Market Square, where Colonel Guy Foden accepted the Freedom Scroll on behalf of the regiment from the Mayor of Haverhill Councillor John Burns.

Cllr Burns addressed the parade saying: “Rest assured as you go back to your duties that the people of Haverhill are supportive of you wherever you are deployed.

“We think of you and we are incredibly proud of what you do for our country.”