PICTURES: Cadets exercise right to enter Dartmouth
Royal Navy Officers and Cadets marched through the streets of a Devon town to exercise their right of freedom of entry for what is believed to be the first time in over 50 years.
The 100-strong parade from Britannia Royal Naval College was led through Dartmouth on Saturday by the Corps of Drums from the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Commando Training Centre.
The parade left the college at 3pm before making its way along the embankment to the Guildhall, where the town’s mayor, Paul Allen, was invited to inspect the Guard of Honour.
Captain Jerry Kyd said: “We’re really proud and privileged to be a constant part of the fabric of Dartmouth. A lot of people from the town are employed in the college and the cadets regularly come down here.
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“We’re part of the town and the town is part of us. We are all one team here. We’re very proud to be marching through the town today as a symbol of our close relationship with the people of Dartmouth.”
Councillor Allen and Capt Kyd took the salute as the parade marched pass.
“Dartmouth has an enviable tradition of association with the Royal Navy, and especially with the 150th anniversary, being so splendidly celebrated by exercising their right of entry into the town,” said Mr Allen.
The right of Freedom to the Borough of Clifton, Dartmouth and Hardness was bestowed upon Britannia Royal Naval College in 1955, marking the 50th anniversary of its opening.
The college first exercised the right to march on a snowy day in February 1956.
This year’s parade was held to mark the 150th anniversary of naval officer training on the River Dart.