All four of Tamworth’s service organisations can now proudly march their colours through the town, after they were officially granted the Freedom of the Borough of Tamworth.
The honour was officially bestowed on the Tamworth branches of the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Mercian Regimental Association and Royal Air Force Association at a special ceremony in Tamworth’s historic Town Hall on Wednesday.
The Freedom honour was bestowed on the four organisations in recognition of the huge debt owed by Tamworth to the servicemen and women who have served in the armed forces.
It comes just two days after the Freedom of the Bough was officially awarded to Watchman V – mascot of the former Staffordshire Regiment – and his handler, WO2 Greg Hedges.
Other military holders for the Freedom of the Borough are the Mercian Regiment, Defence Medical Services and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Fort Rosalie (A385).
Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive, Anthony Goodwin, said: “It is appropriate that we, as a community, pay tribute to all those who have served and recognise what they have done for others, often without question.
“Perhaps of greater importance is the fact that these organisations are not just ‘clubs’ for ex-service men and women. They are a source of support and assistance; they are a social centre for like-minded people to share what are often unique experiences but most of all, as a collective they provide help, advice and reassurance in times of need.”