2 Rifles and 8 Rifles Exercise the Freedom of Wakefield and Leeds
Sep 19, 2018
Over the weekend 14-15 Sep 2018 the Bugle sounded in Wakefield and Leeds when companys from 2 and 8 Rifles along with the Band and Bugles of the Rifles, Rifles badged cadets and Association members exercised the Freedom of the cities of Wakefield and Leeds in West Yorkshire.
The weekend of activities started in Wakefield on Friday evening 14 Sep with the Band and Bugles Sounding Retreat in the centre of Wakefield in front of the Mayor of Wakefield, the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, civil and military dignatries and members of the public.
The Freedom of Wakefield parade took place at 11am on Saturday 15 Sep. The parade of consisted of five guards from Y Coy 8 Rifles, 2 Rifles, E Coy ACF, the Association and Veterans. The Mayor of Wakefield in welcoming the Rifles to the city, thanked those on parade for their service to the country and to the city. In recognition of Wakefield's historicial links to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Brigadier (Retd) Roger Preston presented the mayor with a silver statuette of the KOYLI Memorial that was unveiled in Doncaster on the 1st of August 2018, Minden Day, which is the regimental day of the KOYLI.
In the afternoon at 2pm in Leeds the Buglers sounded the advance to start the Freedom of Leeds Parade on Millennium Square. The Lord Mayor of Leeds welcomed the Rifles to the city and granted the Rifles the freedom of the city. Brigadier Collins to thanked the Lord Mayor and citizens of Leeds and Brigadier Roger Preston presented a silver statuette of the KOYLI Memorial to the city in recognition of the historical link between the KOYLI and the city in which the 51st of Foot was raised. Lt Colonel Nathan Teale, Commanding Officer of 8 Rifles invited the Lord Mayor to inspect the troops. The march through the heart of the city was an epic 10 minute march with credit going to the Rifles cadets for marching the whole route with the 2 and 8 Rifles guards.
The Lt Div and Rifles Veteran Buglers Association entertained the crowds in Millennium Square while a reception was held in the Civic Hall for civic dignitries and Regimental guests. After the reception the Band and Bugles of the Rifles gave another Sounding of Retreat performance on Millennium Square to end the Freedom of Leeds parade.
The Freedom parades were a testiment to the 5 Pillars of the Rifles with Regulars, Reservists, Cadets and Association members upholding the pride and traditions of the Rifles, the forming Regiments and antecedents. Well done to those who took part and to those who worked tirelessly to put the Freedom and Sounding of Retreat parades together.