South Ayrshire Council will bestow the Honorary Freedom of South Ayrshire on A (Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick’s Own) Yeomanry) Squadron, The Queen’s Own Yeomanry servicemen and women at a special ceremony on Saturday 3 May 2014.
To mark this occasion, service personnel will parade through Ayr town centre after being inspected by His Grace, Duke of Westminster, who is their Honorary Colonel and south Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie.
Speaking prior to the event South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “We are very proud of our servicemen and women and presenting the Honorary Freedom of South Ayrshire to them is one way of showing our appreciation. These men and women sacrifice a lot to serve their country and their families also have to make sacrifices.
“I would encourage people to come to Ayr and line the streets and cheer on our troups. I know that it will give them a great boost and clearly demonstrate to them how much we appreciate everything they do.”
Colonel Richard Callander OBE, TD.DL, Squadron Honorary Colonel added: “The support shown by the Council and people of South Ayrshire towards armed forces personnel, past and present, has been tremendous and it will be a huge honour to parade through Ayr. We are grateful to the Council for honouring us in this very special way.”
If you would like to turn out and support out troops here are the approximately timings for the event: 12.35pm; The parade, which will be accompanied by a band, will form up on Pavilion Road; 12.40pm; His Grace, Duke of Westminster, Honorary Colonel and Provost Moonie will inspect the ranks; 1pm; Parade sets off, salute at war memorial in Wellington Square, through Wellington Square, Barns Street, Alloway Street to High Street; 1.10pm; Salute will be taken at the Wallace Tower; 1.20pm;Parade arrives at Ayr Auld Kirk for presentation ceremony; 2.05pm; Parade reforms and marches to Ayr Town Hall for a civic reception.