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Royal salute for Ayrshire yeomanry

Prince Charles in Ayr on Saturday

Prince Charles in Ayr on Saturday

HRH The Prince of Wales, Royal Honorary Colonel, Queen’s Own Yeomanry, took the salute when South Ayrshire Council granted the Honorary Freedom of South Ayrshire to A (Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick’s Own) Yeomanry Squadron.

The parade started at Pavilion Road in Ayr where His Grace, Duke of Westminster, who is their Honorary Colonel and South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie inspected the troops.

The people of South Ayrshire and beyond turned out in force to support the servicemen and women and women as they marched through Ayr town centre to the Wallace Tower in the High Street.

It was here that HRH the Prince of Wales took the salute.

Along with dignitaries at the Wallace Tower were army cadets and young people from schools.

The official Honorary Freedom of South Ayrshire ceremony was conducted by the Rev David Gemmell in Ayr Auld Kirk.

After the event Provost Helen Moonie said: “The Honorary Freedom of Ayr is our way of saying thank you to all our brave service personnel. The day was made all the more special by HRH the Prince of Wales taking the salute, enjoying the ceremony in the Auld Kirk and meeting the servicemen and women and their families afterwards.”

The Freedom Roll was signed by Eileen Howat, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council and Colonel Richard Callander OBE, TD.DL, Squadron Honorary Colonel.

After the ceremony, the parade marched to Ayr Town Hall where Provost Moonie hosted a civic reception to mark the occasion.

Colonel Richard Callander OBE, TD.DL, Squadron Honorary Colonel added: “The outstanding welcome that the people of South Ayrshire, and others who came to watch the Honorary Freedom ceremony, was very much appreciated by all the servicemen and women. The honour South Ayrshire Council has bestowed upon is means a great deal to all of us.”

 

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