Leading the Freedom Parade The Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles marched through Reading Town Centre on Sunday 8 May. “ Sounding their advance as they marched through the Town.”
Brigadier Rob Thompson –Commander 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East, inspected the Guard on parade and addressed the crowds who gathered in Reading Town Centre during the Freedom Parade. He then presented the Mayor, Councillor Sarah Hacker with a Regimental Silver Bugle on behalf of 7th Battalion The Rifles to commemorate the historic event.
“The Freedom of Reading was first bestowed regimentally on General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey and Colonel of the Royal Berkshire Regiment on 14 December 1914 and subsequently transferred to the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment in 1995. Now transferred to the Rifles as a mark of the Town’s respect and appreciation of their continued Service to their Country.”
The Mayor of Reading Councillor Sarah Hacker presented the Freedom Scroll to Brigadier Rob Thompson, Commander 11th Infantry Brigade, who accepted the scroll on behalf of 7th Battalion The Rifles.