Freedom of the Borough march commemorates World War I centenary

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst - RMA - Alan Meeks (3)Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Camberley on Saturday 14 June when over 250 Royal Military Academy personnel march through the town centre to celebrate them being granted the Freedom of the Borough.

With colours flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed, this proud day for Surrey Heath is not to be missed!

Earlier this year Surrey Heath Borough Council bestowed the honour of the Freedom of the Borough to all ranks of the Royal Military Academy. This gives them the privilege and right to march through the streets of the borough on ceremonial occasions.

The march will also commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of World War I, and the sacrifice of so many in that and later conflicts.

Starting from the RMA entrance on the London Road (A30) at 11:30am, the march will cross the A30 and continue along Park Street, turning left onto Pembroke Broadway, and then left again onto Knoll Road. Here it will halt opposite the Surrey Heath Borough Council Offices at around 11.40am, where the cadets will present arms followed by an inspection from the RMA Commandant, Academy Sgt Major and the Mayor of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

The march will then return to the RMA via St George’s Road and Upper High Street.

Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Moira Gibson said: “The Freedom of the Borough symbolises the highest honour that the borough can give to a military organisation and cements the historic relationship between Camberley, Surrey Heath and the Royal Military Academy.

“I hope large numbers turn out to line the route for this very special occasion in recognition of their support for our armed forces.”

The Freedom of the Borough bolsters longstanding links between the Borough and the Royal Military Academy, enhanced recently by the establishment of the Surrey Heath Community Covenant in 2012, which is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community.

Please note that on the morning of the march, fixed and rolling road closures will be in place at certain points on the route which might lead to short delays. For more information please go to http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/freedommarch

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