Mercians to receive freedom scroll
8:00am Fri Mar 15, 2013
A scroll marking an Army battalion’s freedom of Southwell will be presented at a concert on Saturday, March 23.
Representatives of the 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) are due to receive the scroll from the town council.
The council was believed to be the first parish or town to grant the freedom to the Mercians when they took advantage of a change in the law in 2010 allowing them to do so.
To mark the occasion the council commissioned a commemorative scroll, and have been waiting for an opportunity to present it.
The presentation is due to take place during a concert at Southwell Methodist Church by brass ensemble Essentially Brass.
The performance will feature the Corps of Drums of the Royal Anglian Regiment and percussionist Helen Shelton.
Money raised will go to the Royal British Legion.
The chairman of Southwell Town Council, Mrs Beryl Prentice, said she was pleased they would be able to present the scroll.
“It is in recognition of the contribution members of the battalion have made to the county and this area in particular,” she said.
“We were the first town to grant the freedom of a town or parish so it is rather auspicious.”
Mr John Lock, of Essentially Brass, said he was pleased the concert would be able to combine a performance from the Royal Anglian Regiment with the presentation of the scroll.
He said: “The council has been looking for an opportunity to present the scroll to the Mercians.
“I think it will be quite exciting.”
Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £8.
They are available from the Cathedral Shop, Church Street, or by calling 01636 812933.
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