Crowds of people lined the streets of Oakham this afternoon (Tuesday) to watch soldiers based at St George’s Barracks parade through the town.
Troops at the base in North Luffenham were awarded the Freedom of Entry to Oakham, which was presented by mayor Alf Dewis in the Market Place shortly before 3.30pm.
The 200 soldiers on parade were then inspected by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard.
The parade, led by a towed Rapier air missile, then left the Market Place, went left onto the High Street and into Catmos Street, then turned right into South Street before turning right into Mill Street.
It continued back to the High Street where Dr Howard took the salute at the junction of Church Street and High Street.
It then continued along High Street and then Northgate, before finishing in Church Street. The band of the Royal Engineers also marched.
Along the route, crowds of people applauded, cheered and waved Union flags. Youngsters, many still wearing their school uniforms, perched on pavements to get a better view of the spectacle.
Afterwards, dignitaries and soldiers went on to enjoy a reception at the Victoria Hall.
Coun Dewis said: “It has been a wonderful day and the weather has treated us well. It was great to see so many people here today as well.”
The illuminated scroll presented to the troops will be on display at St George’s Barracks, while the sword carried by officer commanding 16th Regiment Royal Artillery Lt Col Mark Pullan, the station commander at the barracks, was presented to Oakham Town Council.
The honour has been granted because of the long standing association, of more than 70 years, between the military base and Oakham, and the service the members of the armed forces have performed for their town and country during that period.