1659511716The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is exercising its Freedom of the Borough of Pendle with a parade through Colne on Monday.

Around 150 soldiers from the Regiment, represented by its 1st Battalion, will attend a celebration service at St Bartholomew’s Church.

Shortly afterwards, they will parade, led by the Band of the King’s Division, around the town centre before the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Graham Roach, accompanied by the Deputy Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel Andrew Dennis, inspects the troops in front of the war memorial on Albert Road.

The battalion will then join the Mayor for lunch in The Muni.

The Freedom of Pendle was automatically granted to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, having been previously granted to one of its antecedent regiments, the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in 2001.

However, this will be the first time that the regiment, or the QLR, have been able to exercise this privilege and parade through Pendle. It follows an invitation to do so from former Mayor, Coun. Asjad Mahmood, back in 2012.

People from Pendle and beyond are invited to watch the parade on Monday.

Mayor said: “We’re delighted that The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, represented by their 1st Battalion, are exercising their Freedom of Pendle with a parade through Colne.

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