For the second time in recent weeks the Nuneaton based air cadets were on parade as a regiment of the British Army was granted the Freedom of Entry of their home town.
On Sunday 26 th September cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron joined Army Cadets and Sea Cadets as they provided a guard of honour, which lined the streets as the Queen's Gurkha Signals marched to the Town Hall for the Freedom of the Borough ceremony.
Flag waving crowds turned out to pay tribute to the men of the Queen's Gurkha Signals as they marched proudly into the history of Nuneaton and Bedworth by becoming only the forth regiment to be awarded Freedom of Entry.
The Mayor of Nuneaton in Bedworth Cllr Don Navarro, resplendent in his scarlet robes, handed over the scroll of Freedom in its silver case on the steps of the Town Hall.
Cllr Don Navarro said, "This is a wonderful moment and it is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to present the Queen's Gurkha Signals with what is the highest award the Borough of Nuneaton & Bedworth can give”.
He added, "Men from the mountains of Nepal apply each year to join the regiment and their loyalty and dedication to this country is legendary. The people of Nuneaton & Bedworth have taken the Gurkhas to their hearts and we are proud to have you as part of our community.
Spontaneous applause broke out when he solemnly said: "I do hereby grant and bestow the Freedom of Entry to the Queen's Gurkha Signals."
Colonel Duncan Warne, who was their first commanding officer when they moved to Bramcote Barracks on the outskirts of Nuneaton in 1992, replied on behalf of the regiment.
He described the award as a "tremendous honour" and paid tribute to the hospitality of the people of the borough for the way they have embraced the soldiers from the Himalayas and their families”.
After the ceremony the cadet forces lined the streets as the Queen's Gurkha Signals exercised their right to march through the town. Families with children waving Union Flags, and old soldiers, many of whom had served with the Nepalese warriors, lined the streets as the parade passed by, led by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Warrant Officer Jim Taylor who led the Air Cadet contingent said, “I was so glad that our cadets were able to take part in the parade today. For me it was a very special moment. When I worked at Bramcote Barracks I got to know many of the Gurkhas and know just how proud they are to be part of the British Army. Today's parade was their moment and an excellent way for the people of Nuneaton & Bedworth to say a big thank you for their loyalty and for being part of our community”.