2. Freedom of the City
Under the Local Government Act 1972, we are allowed to grant the Freedom of the City to those who deserve the honour. We choose to honour military units with a close connection to the city.
The honour grants the military unit freedom 'to march through the streets of the city with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying'.
The following organisations have been granted Freedom of the City and exercise their rights regularly:
|The Royal Marines||Apr 1977|
|243 (The Wessex) Field Hospital (V)||Jul 2002|
|The Rifles (formerly The Devonshire & Dorset Regiment)||Jun 2007|
|The Coldstream Guards||Jul 2011|
|Royal Air Force Station, Brize Norton||Jul 2013|
|HMS Defender, Royal Navy||Mar 2014|
Please find attached the latest newsletter from HMS DEFENDER and what she has been up to in the previous 6 months.