‘Freedom Parade’ through St Albans and launch of Hertfordshire’s Community Covenant with the Armed Forces

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News release: 21 June 2012

Hertfordshire’s Community Covenant with the Armed Forces will be launched alongside the Freedom Parade in St Albans on Sunday 8 July.

The Freedom Parade through St Albans starts at 10.15am on St Peter's Street (see schedule below). 

The Freedom of the City will be exercised by 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Parachute Battery RA (V), accompanied by the Army, Air and Sea Cadets and the Royal British Legion. Members of the Territorial Army will also be presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal by the Inspecting Officer. 

The parade will be followed by a reception at St Albans City and District Council's office. It also coincides with the Olympic flame passing through the city later on the same day.

The Community Covenant is a mutual commitment between public, private and voluntary organisations and the serving or retired Armed Forces community in the county.

Chris Hayward, Hertfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Board, said: "This covenant will recognise and honour the commitment made by the Armed Forces to our country while looking to ensure that no serving or retired service man or woman is disadvantaged by having served their country.

"It will highlight the support available to armed forces families in our community where needed and help promote access to a wide range of services from health and housing to training and transport.

“I’m delighted we have so many organisations on board with the covenant and that the wider community in Hertfordshire wants to show its support for our armed forces.”

Cllr Eileen Harris, the Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “It will be a privilege to welcome the 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Parachute Battery RA to St Albans. The Freedom Parade will provide an opportunity for the local community to show their support for the armed forces who are committed to serving this country. It will also provide a fitting platform for the launch of this important covenant.”

Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at St Albans City and District Council and a member of the Community Covenant Board, said: “The District Council has signed up to support this covenant, which will help ensure that members of the armed forces, past and present, are not disadvantaged in any way when accessing services. We are honoured that the 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Parachute Battery RA (V) has chosen to exercise their freedom of the city of St Albans to help mark the launch of this covenant.”

Notes for editors:

Schedule for the Freedom Parade:

10.15am - The Freedom March begins on St Peter’s Street, with the parade leaving the
offices of St Albans District Council at 10.30am. The march then follows a route from
Bricket Road, into Victoria Street and into St Peter’s Street.

10.45am - the parade will halt in the centre of St Peter’s Street where a short ceremony
will take place, including the presentation of the 201 Battery’s colours, inspection of the
Battery and presentation of Diamond Jubilee Medals.

11.15am - the parade will continue, taking a right turn into Hatfield Road then right
again into Bricket Road, before returning to the starting point for a reception in the
Council Chamber at St Albans District Council

12.30pm - the Covenant will be officially launched with various speakers and photo
opportunities.

For further comment:
Chris Hayward, Cabinet Member for Localism and Chairman of the armed forces
covenant board, via the Press Office on 01992 555537.
Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at St Albans City and District Council and a
member of the Community Covenant Board, on 01582 767621.

Issued by:
Tom Shipp
Press Officer, Hertfordshire County Council
01992 555537
www.hertsdirect.org/media