MP calls on army to hold parade in Kendal so residents can say thank you
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today written to the commanding officer of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Brigadier Mike Griffiths, asking the regiment to use the freedom of the town they have to hold a military parade through Kendal.
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was formed in 2006 from an amalgamation of regiments including the King's Own Royal Borders Regiment from Cumbria. The regiment has fought in Iraq and is currently serving in Afghanistan. The Freedom of Kendal was given to the King's Own Royal Borders in 1948, thanking them for their service in the Second World War.
The concept of 'freedom of a town' dates back to mediaeval times, but today it is a ceremonial honour.
In his letter to the regiment, Tim wrote: "Kendal proudly gave the Border regiment the freedom of the town in 1948 in the aftermath of World War Two to thank the brave men fighting on our behalf. The town proudly rejoiced then when the troops came home from the battlefield, and this is something the whole town would love to do again when the troops return from Afghanistan.
"I do hope the regiment uses the freedom of the town to allow us to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all of our active servicemen and women from the South Lakes who are bravely serving abroad.
"I'm sure you agree with me that the sacrifice of many young soldiers and their families really deserves to be honoured."