Green Howards in farewell to Whitby

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SOLDIERS from The Yorkshire Regiment will be saying farewell to Whitby on Tuesday as the battalion prepares for an overseas posting.

The soldiers from the regiment’s 2nd Battalion, formerly known as the Green Howards, are preparing for the summer move to Cyprus, where they will become the Theatre Reserve Battalion with troops ready to support ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

Eighty soldiers from B Company, commanded by Major Barry Terry, will step off from the car park in Church Street at 11.15am.

Major Terry said: “B Company are extremely proud and honoured to be allowed to exercise our regiment’s Freedom of Whitby.

“The people of Yorkshire, and especially Whitby, have always been very supportive of the regiment.

“While we are all looking forward to the challenge and adventure Cyprus will bring, it is reassuring to us that we remain in the thoughts of the town and county.”

The soldiers will march via the Swing Bridge, St Ann’s Staith, New Quay Road, Baxtergate, Bagdale, Chubb Hill Road and St Hilda’s Terrace before arriving at Pannett Park.

When the parade reaches Pannett Park it will halt and there will be a short ceremony attended by Whitby Mayor John Freeman, civic dignitaries and onlookers.

The Green Howards can trace their roots back to 1688 when the regiment was first raised for service under William, Prince of Orange.

It had traditionally recruited from North Yorkshire and Durham and a total of 18 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to the regiment.

Between October 2009 and April 2010 the battalion served in Afghanistan, working closely with the Afghan National Security Forces throughout Helmand province in areas such as Sangin as part of the Operational Mentoring Liason Team.

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