Riders & Cadets, Freedom Of Wisbech
Yesterday, Wisbech was host to a parade marking the Freedom Of The Town being given to two groups. The Wisbech Detachment of 1 Company Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force and the 876 Committee of the Riders Branch RBL
As Mayor I led the Civic Procession, (Town Councillors and family, and guests of the Town) to meet the Riders and the Cadets in Museum Square. I was honoured to be asked to take part in a military review, and then give a short speech. After this we moved to the Crescent war memorial where the Riders and Cadets marched past us at the end of their parade. They were very impressive indeed.
This is the speech I gave in Museum Square:
“Freedom of The Town is an ancient honour granted to martial organisations allowing them the privilege to march into the Town with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.
In December 1996 the Wisbech Town Council and Mayor Joan Diggle granted the Wisbech Detachment of 1 Company Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force the Freedom of the Town of Wisbech, recognising that the founder of the Cadet Force was none other than the famous Wisbech social reformer, Octavia Hill.
Then in the Summer of 2015, Wisbech Town Council and Mayor David Hodgson granted the 876 Committee of the Riders Branch RBL the Freedom also.
This allows both organisations to March through the Town with Band Playing and Banners flying. But due to the tightening of regulations since 1996 we will not be seeing bayonets fixed today.
The Town of Wisbech grants Freedom of the Town where it wishes to show its profound honour and respect.
Those who have freedom of the town should be assured of our support and of our trust and will always find a warm welcome here”