Freedom Of Purbeck March 2010

Purbeck folk will be able to watch the Armed Forces from Bovington and Lulworth march through Wareham town on Friday 24 June 2016.

Freedom of the District of Purbeck

Back in 2010, Purbeck District Council was honoured to present the Freedom of the District of Purbeck to the Armour Centre and the Old Boys’ Association of the Junior Leaders’ Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. This now means that the Garrison has the right to march through the District. The Armour Centre is the British Army’s centre of excellence for all armoured vehicle training for individual service personnel and crews. The parade coincides with the centenary of the Armour Centre and precedes Armed Forces Day.

Marching Through the Streets of Purbeck

The Chairman of Purbeck District Council, said: “Our Armed Forces based in Bovington and Lulworth discharge an important function in ensuring our nation’s safety, so we are extremely grateful for their services and dedication over so many years. We feel honoured that the Garrison will be exercising its right to march through the streets of Purbeck, especially in this historic year for the Armour Centre.

The Commander of the Armour Centre and Bovington Garrison, said: “Bovington Garrison is proud and honoured to exercise its Freedom of Purbeck by marching through Wareham on the 24 June 2016. This is a particularly important year for the Armour Centre and Bovington Garrison marking both the centenary of the Armour Centre, established in 1916 and the 100th anniversary of the first use of the tank in war by the British Army at the Battle of Flers Courcelette, which was part of the larger Battle of the Somme. We very much value our links with the people of Purbeck who have provided such valued support for us over the years.”

Servicemen from Bovington and Lulworth to join in March

Led by The Band of the Household Cavalry, the parade will commence at South Bridge, Wareham, at 11.30am before marching along South Street and North Street. Servicemen from Bovington and Lulworth will march with bayonets fixed, along with veterans of the Junior Leaders Regiment Old Boys Association. Accompanying them will be Armoured Fighting Vehicles. There will be an inspection of the troops outside the Town Hall.

Wareham’s South Street and North Street will be closed to vehicles from 11.00am until 1.30pm and access to the side streets will also be restricted. For safety reasons, residents and businesses will be asked to remove their vehicles from on-street parking areas on Friday 24 June from midnight until 1.30pm.