The City of Sheffield will be presenting an Army Signals Squadron with close links to the city with its highest honour this week.

Following recent reorganisation of the Army Reserves, 38th Signal Regiment will be removed from the Army’s Order of Battle. In order to continue its close ties to the city, the Freedom of the City will transfer from the Regiment to 64 (City of Sheffield) Signal Squadron on Saturday (18 October) – a rare honour for a Squadron.

The ceremony will begin with a parade of troops led by the band of the Royal Armoured Corps marching from Barkers Pool, outside City Hall at 10.45am via Pinstone Street to the Peace Gardens.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Rippon, will inspect the troops on parade, present a medal and then formally award the Freedom of the City in the Peace Gardens at 11am.

The Lord Mayor said: “It’s wonderful to be able to transfer the Freedom of the City to 64 (City of Sheffield) Signal Squadron and maintain the strong historical link with the city. I know that the people here will give a special warm welcome to them all.

“The parade is particularly significant this year as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. The members of the Squadron have a long and distinguished history of protecting this country and I am sure they will receive a really warm welcome from the people of Sheffield.”

The parade with over 40 soldiers will leave the Peace Gardens at 11.25am, passing in front of the Town Hall and along Fargate to Sheffield Cathedral. At the Cathedral there will be a short 45 minute service, open to the public to celebrate the Regiment’s achievements and affiliation with the city, and to appropriately mark the removal of 38th Signal Regiment from the Army’s Order of Battle.

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