Soldiers on parade to mark honour

SOLDIERS from the Rifles Regiment will go on parade next month to celebrate their inheritance of the freedom of Wakefield.

They will march through the city centre on Saturday, September 11 following a presentation of the freedom of the city by the Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Tony Wallis.

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The Rifles inherited the honour following their formation through the amalgamation of the Yorkshire Light Infantry – who originally inherited the freedom in 1972 – with three other infantry regiments in 2007.

The parade will also mark the regiment's homecoming after its recent return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The parade will arrive in Northgate at 11.10am and soldiers will march through the city via Kirkgate and Westmorland Street. They will return to Northgate at 12.05pm and will march up Kirkgate to Westgate.