Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 1 June 2022
SOLDIERS from the 30th Signal Regiment are to march on through the streets of Nuneaton town centre as part of a parade tomorrow morning (Thursday, 2 June).
The parade will start through the town centre streets at 11am.
It is expected that ‘thousands’ of people will head on down and crowd round to watch the event, which forms part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
A Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) spokesperson has promised that the parade will be a ‘colourful spectacle’ with colours flying, music playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed, as the soldiers are marching.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Matthew Dugdale Bt, DL, will be in attendance as a representative of Her Majesty, so the regiment can also wear their Jubilee medals.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Col. Simon Smith, said: “To exercise the freedom of the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth is an honour and privilege that the unit have sadly been unable to conduct since 2019.
“We hope that this parade will further strengthen the already close bond that both 30 Signal Regiment and the Queen’s Gurkha Signals has with the town and the people of the Borough, many of whom have family members that serve with the Armed Forces – some even within our own regiment, including me.”
He further added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor and the Council for granting the permission for us to march and I hope our two communities continue to grow and thrive together.
“It is always special whenever we are allowed to conduct such parades but linking this on with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration makes it even more of an occasion.’’
Coun. Kris Wilson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “Our Borough is rightly proud of the deep and strong links that we have with the armed forces.
“Exercising the Freedom of the Borough is a rare event – a Platinum Jubilee is ever-rarer still.
“To be able to start our Jubilee celebrations with this event is truly magical, and I hope that the great people of Nuneaton and Bedworth will come down and enjoy this spectacular show.”