Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Regiment on Parade to Celebrate Its Freedom

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Regiment on Parade to Celebrate Its Freedom

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Byline: By Hayley Beattie

Soldiers from the 39th Regiment Royal Artillery will receive a special Freedom of Northumberland award in Hexham today.

It will be a double celebration for the Regiment based at Albemarle Barracks, near Harlow Hill, Newcastle, as it is also the 10th anniversary of the Army base in the region.

The Freedom of Northumberland award has been handed out by the county council for the last two years, and previous recipients include HMS Northumberland.

It is given to an individual or group who has brought credit to the county and has been awarded to the 39th Regiment to mark its 10- year history and commemorate its involvement in some of the world's most difficult conflicts such as Northern Ireland and Iraq.

At the event today up to 250 soldiers will march through the town with bayonets fixed and swords drawn after receiving the certificate of honour. There will also be a chance for members of the public to get close to military equipment such as rocket launchers. …

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