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March to celebrate army reservists' freedom of Darlington
Updated 6:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014 in News
ARMY reservists will be marching through the streets of Darlington this weekend to exercise their freedom of the borough.
The reservists, who can trace the history of their unit back to the First World War, will be celebrating the 37th anniversary of receiving the freedom of Darlington.
More than 70 Signallers from the 50th Signal Squadron, based in Neasham Road, Darlignton, will march through the town on Saturday (April 26).
Led by the Royal Signals (Northern) Band, the parade, together with 15 Signallers from the Second Signal Regiment in York, will step off at 12.30pm from Bondgate.
The soldiers will march to Joseph Pease Place and towards the Market Square, where they will be inspected by the Mayor of Darlington, Charles Johnson and reviewing officer, Brigadier David Hargreaves.
The squadron was formed in 1908 and was then known as the Northumbrian Signallers.
During the First World War, the soldiers saw action in a number of places, including the battles at the Somme and Ypres.
The current signallers provided support at the London 2012 Olympics, the 2013 G8 summit and during emergencies such as flooding.
The regiment is expecting to provide support to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
PLEASE NOTE: An earlier article on the march incorrectly stated that the march started at 11am. The error was due to inaccurate information supplied to the Echo.