4 Rifles Freedom Parade, Salisbury, Tuesday 11th December

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The regiment, whose home base is Bulford Camp, has accepted an invitation from the Mayor os Salisbury Kevin Cardy to march through the city on Tuesday December 11, in a parade that will start from the Cathedral Close at 11am.

In a three-month stand at Basra Palace, 4 Rifles Battle Group endured 2,000 mortar and rocket attacks, 100 roadside bombs and 400 rocket-propelled grenade strikes. The base was handed over to Iraqi control in September and the troops moved out to the city’s airport. In total they had 11 killed and 62 wounded on tour.

I shall be travelling down to Salisbury to show my respect and admiration. Anyone who wants a lift from London pm me.

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#2
i worked with 4 rifles on telic 10 and theyre a good set of lads

only went to the palace 4/5 times on convoys, but had to stay overnight... and fair do's it was fcuking hardcore there

we've also got a parade in cardiff on the 11th...
 
#3
Start a thread with the Cardiff details Chris. You all did a good job and deserve your parade to be well attended.


Editted to add

Oops, I see you already have. I'm a mong.
 
#4
To all in 4 Rifles, enjoy your parade lads from what I hear over in 5 Rifles you bloody well earned it. Wish I was on leave a little earlier to see it.
 
#5
Just said on Radio2 that local hostelries in Salisbury have been doing free drinks for them after the parade :D
 
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#7
Brilliant parade by the soldiers and an excellent turnout, it was nice to see the city coming out to pay their respects to some local heroes.

Also took my mate into the careers office i used, which is just round the corner to start his application process.
 
#9
Sorry could not make it, ensured my Parents were in attendance though. Mother shed a few tears... bit old though, before someone quips, even for MDN.
 
#10
I was there cheering and clapping, well done lads you put on a bloody good show!

Although it did occur to me that bayonets were not fixed; does this mean that the freedon of the City of Salisbury has not yet been given to the 4th Rifles as it was to their predecessors the RGBW's?
 
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Henry_Tombs said:
I was there cheering and clapping, well done lads you put on a bloody good show!

Although it did occur to me that bayonets were not fixed; does this mean that the freedon of the City of Salisbury has not yet been given to the 4th Rifles as it was to their predecessors the RGBW's?
Have you tried marching with a sword attached at the trial?!

It’s just not the done thing with us, swords are for killing the Queens enemies, not prancing about with.
 
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Tiddle said:
Henry_Tombs said:
I was there cheering and clapping, well done lads you put on a bloody good show!

Although it did occur to me that bayonets were not fixed; does this mean that the freedon of the City of Salisbury has not yet been given to the 4th Rifles as it was to their predecessors the RGBW's?
Have you tried marching with a sword attached at the trial?!

It’s just not the done thing with us, swords are for killing the Queens enemies, not prancing about with.
Ah, point taken! :oops:

I come from an age when the issue weapon was a bit longer and we rarely carried it at the trail.
 
#14
HT .. at the Trail is the carrying position in Rifle Regiment drill.

Saw the parade on TV last night .. well done to all those who took part which includes what looked to be a very large number of locals who turned up. Thoughts very much with those who didn't make it back for the parade and their families at this sad time.
 
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camman said:
HT .. at the Trail is the carrying position in Rifle Regiment drill.

Saw the parade on TV last night .. well done to all those who took part which includes what looked to be a very large number of locals who turned up.
The local muesum distibited https://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/ posters advertising the event 10 days beforhand (I had two of them in the shop window) which certainly helped, a mate who has a shop along from where I work was moaning that it would stop trade and give him a crap days buisness, on the day his shop was decked out with bunting and the national flag!!
 
#17
Henry,
I am sure it meant a lot to the lads to have the locals support them, and boy did they support htem, so well done to you, your neighbours and all who turned out!

Oh, and just to be pedantic Rifle Regiments have "Swords" rather than "Bayonets". Comes from the original 24 inch bladed sword bayonet for the Baker Rifle we were first equiped with

 
#18
Good to see that some traditions and old names for items still exist in the army; or more importantly in "The Rifles", given that there have been so many name changes of regiments over the last few years.
I still don't know whether the 4th Battalion actually have the "freedom" of the City of Salisbury, can it be carried over from the previous regiment?
I may well ask at the museum, the assistant curator is a customer of mine.
 
#19
What shop are you Henry?
 

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