Air Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron, had the honour of taking part in a parade during which the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was granted the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth.
On the 12 th September 2010, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who have recently seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan, received the Freedom of the Borough in one of the most historic and emotional events in the history of Nuneaton and Bedworth.
A large contingent of Air Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron joined other cadets from Nuneaton 's Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadets as they lined the route as the Fusiliers marched into the town centre amidst spontaneous applause and rapturous cheering from thousands of Union Jack wielding supporters.
The regiment formed up outside the Town Hall in front of a huge crowd where they were presented with the sacred Freedom of Entry scroll by Nuneaton and Bedworth's Mayor, councillor Don Navarro.
Brigadier Minter, OBE, Colonel of the regiment, then responded, saying: "On behalf of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, I would like to say how grateful we are to be given the Freedom of the Borough of Nuneaton & Bedworth. When the regiment is out on operations, it means so much to know that the people back home support them and when they come home, that they are welcomed”.
"The Fusiliers come from within your own community; they are your sons, your brothers, your cousins and friends. In fact it's barely a year since two local serving members of the regiment – Fusilier Louis Carter from Nuneaton and Sgt Simon Valentine from Bedworth – lost their lives on the frontline in Afghanistan . We all remember them today”.
“On behalf of the regiment I thank you for granting us the freedom of the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth."
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers then fixed their bayonets and were inspected by the mayor, Brigadier Minter and Colonel Merriman, the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Warwickshire.
After being granted permission to exercise their right to march with bayonets fixed, drums beating and flags flying, the regiment took a salute and were once again given a rousing reception as they marched past the Town Hall and back through the town centre.
After the parade, Flt Lt Ian Crewe, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron, said, “It was an absolute honour to be on parade with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, we are all so proud of them. The Air Cadet contingent was actually formed up alongside our local heroes, literally shoulder to shoulder with them during the Freedom presentation in front of the Town Hall. This has most definitely been a day our cadets will remember. You don't often stand next to a regiment as they fix bayonets in the middle of your home town”.
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