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  1. Published on: 19/06/2017 06:57 AMReported by: roving-eye
    The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will parade in Bootle to celebrate the Regiment being bestowed the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton in recognition of its close association with Sefton.



    To mark the occasion, an extra-ordinary Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm at Bootle Town Hall where councillors will consider the following motion:

    “That in accordance with Section 249 (5) of the Local Government Act 1972, this Council wishes to place on record its high appreciation of, and the debt of gratitude of the Borough to The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and in the light of the long and honourable association between the Borough of Sefton and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the Council resolves that the Honorary Freedom of the Borough be conferred on The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and that it be granted the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.”

    Following the meeting, the Regiment will parade through Bootle and then be inspected outside Bootle Town Hall by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Peter Rafferty and the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead. This will be followed by a civic reception.

    Sefton Council agreed in January, 2017 that the Freedom of the Borough be conferred on The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

    The Council had very close ties with two of the Regiment’s antecedents, the King’s Regiment’s and the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Of note, both the Queen’s and the Regimental Colour from the 7th battalion of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) are laid up in Bootle Town Hall. The names of many of the Regiment’s fallen from both World Wars are also displayed on the borough’s various war memorials.

    More recently, Captain Matt Titchener was commemorated on the war memorial in Southport. He was originally commissioned into the King’s Regiment and was sadly killed in Basra, Iraq in 2003, whilst serving in the Royal Military Police. In 2016 the commemorative stone for Private Arthur Proctor VC of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) was also laid in King’s Garden, Bootle.

    Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “The history surrounding Sefton and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment goes back many, many years.

    “It is therefore a great honour to acknowledge the Regiment’s services by granting the Freedom of the Borough which I hope will enhance and develop further our already strong relationship.

    “On June 20 the Regiment is exercising their right to march in the borough which will be a great spectacle. Hopefully as many people as possible will line the streets of Bootle and really support the Regiment, the ‘Lions of England’, as they officially receive the Freedom of Sefton.”

    Brigadier Peter Rafferty, Colonel of the Regiment, said: “The Regiment has long and close associations with the borough of Sefton, which we cherish. It is therefore a great honour for these links to be formally recognised with the granting of the borough’s Freedom and a privilege for us now to exercise our new Freedom by marching through the borough.”

    The award of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities, other than a ceremonial role at civic functions. The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city. The granting of a Freedom to a Regiment, however, gives it the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.

    Past recipients of the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton include:
    2004 – Donald “Ginger” McCain
    2006 – James Carragher
    The Freedom of the Borough (Freedom of Entry) has also been bestowed on the following Service Units:
    1982 – No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport, which was subsequently succeeded by No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 (North West) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) in 2001
    2011 – RAF Woodvale

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  3. Jason Carroll says:19/06/2017 09:05 AM
    The latest Armed Forces Service is according to the report getting "Freedom of the Borough" however the Councils own website clearly states that other services have been granted Freedom of Entry!!!

    So which one is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    See below:
    Honorary Freemen:

    Honorary Freemen:
    Donald “Ginger” McCain - 22 June 2004 (Resolution of Council - 29 April 2004)
    James Carragher - 23 January 2006 (Resolution of Council - 30 June 2005)
    Freedom of Entry:

    Freedom of Entry:
    No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport – 6 March 1982 (Resolution of Council -7 October 1981) which was subsequently succeeded by No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 (North West) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps (Volunteers) – 13 April 2002 (Resolution of Council -20 September 2001)
    RAF Woodvale – 3 July 2011 (Resolution of Council -17 May 2011)

  4. Jason Carroll says:19/06/2017 09:13 AM
    Taken from the Council Minutes of the 17th May 2011:

    3. Freedom of Entry to the Borough - RAF Woodvale
    The conferring of the title of Honorary Freedom of the
    Borough is the highest honour a Council can bestow on an
    individual. “Freedom of Entry” to the Borough is the
    equivalent honour the Council can grant to a service unit
    which has rendered conspicuous service and is closely
    associated with the Borough.
    The Council will be requested to approve the following
    resolution:

    1) That in accordance with Section 249(5) of the Local
    Government Act 1972, this Council wishes to place on
    record its high appreciation of, and the debt of
    gratitude of the Borough to RAF Woodvale, and in the
    light of the long and close association between the
    Borough and the RAF Station, resolves that the
    Freedom of Entry to the Borough be conferred on RAF
    Woodvale and that it be granted, the right, privilege,
    honour and distinction of marching through the streets
    of Sefton on all ceremonial occasions with drums
    beating, bands playing and flags flying; and
    2) That the Freedom of Entry to the Borough be granted
    at a public/community ceremony to be held at RAF
    Woodvale on the 3 July 2011.


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