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Local county soldiers will be marching through Chester City Centre on September 27th 2022.

The parade, which will be conducted by the 1st Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, will be the Battalion’s first parade after the successful merging of the 1st and 2nd Battalions.

Leading the parade will be the Regimental Mascot, Lance Corporal Derby XXXII, a Swaledale ram who has a history dating back over 160 years.

Also attending the parade will be The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas, and soldiers of the 1st Battalion, the Mercian Regiment.

Brigadier (Retired) Peter Dennis CBE, Regimental Secretary for the Mercian Regiment, said: “We are delighted to be visiting Chester once again and exercising our freedom of the city; Chester is a great supporter of the Armed Forces, with many of our soldiers originating from Cheshire and the surrounding areas.

"This parade is one of three parades being held across our recruitment area since the successful merging of the 1st and 2nd battalion; the regiment remain committed to serving the city and will continue to support Chester for years to come.

“Through the success of our Battalion merger, we have maintained Battalion cohesion, focus and our fighting spirit.

“We have ensured that the new beginning has been marked with a mixture of celebration and dignity; celebrating everything that the Battalion has achieved in its 15 years of existence, and remembering with dignity the fallen from the operational tours served.”

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