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Freedom of the City Parade

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Freedom of the City Parade

The Rifles are set to exercise their Freedom of the City of Sunderland with a parade in the city next weekend.

Granted the civic honour by the people of Sunderland in 2010, the regiment will exercise their right to march through the city on the morning of Sunday 5 November.

The parade through the city centre will include members of the 3rd and 8th Battalion The Rifles, many of whom have recently been on operational duties and cadets from Durham Army Cadet Force.

It will be led by the Band & Bugles of The Rifles supported by the Band & Bugles of The County Durham Army Cadet Force. A number of veterans from the Durham Light Infantry Association will also be on parade. 

A successor to famous regiments including the Durham Light Infantry and the Light Infantry, the Rifles are seen as the infantry regiment of Sunderland and actively recruit service personnel from the city and surrounding area.  

The parade will step off from the top of Burdon Road at 10.50 am on Sunday 5 November before forming up at the War Memorial at 11 am for a review, where they will be inspected by the Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Dorothy Trueman and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Lucy Winskill OBE.

It will then march through the city centre, including along Fawcett Street and High Street West, before returning to the War Memorial where the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant will take the salute.

There will be road closures in operation for the event, with Burdon Road closed 09.00am to 1.00pm and Fawcett Street, High Street West, Union Street and Station Street closing 10.00am to 1.00pm. These road closures will be opened once the Parade has completed.

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