Regiment to be granted Freedom of the City

  • Paying tribute: the Royal Bermuda Regiment marches as part of the Remembrance Day ceremony (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Paying tribute: the Royal Bermuda Regiment marches as part of the Remembrance Day ceremony (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A formal ceremony will take place at City Hall on Friday after the Convening of Parliament and Throne Speech.

The Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR), which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be granted the Freedom of the City to march through the streets by Mayor Charles Gosling.

“This Freedom Parade provides a wonderful opportunity to reunite and celebrate the achievements of the men and women of the Regiment and the great successes over the last 50 years and more,” said retired Major Leslie Lowe, of the Bermuda Regiment 50th Anniversary Committee (BR50).

Parliament will be convened at 11am on Friday by Governor George Fergusson, who will read out the Throne Speech on behalf of the Bermuda Government.

The Regiment, headed by the Band and Corps of Drums, will then march to City Hall via Front Street, Queen Street and Church Street.

At City Hall, the Freedom of the City of Hamilton will be proclaimed and an intricate, hand-painted scroll of the proclamation will be unveiled as part of the ceremony.

Current and former members of the RBR will then march along Church Street to the fire station on King Street.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony at the grounds of City Hall and is advised by the City of Hamilton that road closures will be in effect.

Former members of the Regiment and its predecessor units wishing to take part should e-mail or call 238-3880 to confirm their attendance, and should report to City Hall no later than 12pm on Friday. Dress is Regiment Tie and Blazer, with decorations.

Former service members are invited to form-up in the forecourt of City Hall at noon, under Major Lowe, the former Director of Music.

This guard will observe the presentation and then march off with the Regiment. A reception for invited guests will follow.

• For more information visit our, follow the BR50 on social media, or contact Captain Mark Lavery on 532-0204 or 238-3880.

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Published Nov 12, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 9:00 am)

Regiment to be granted Freedom of the City

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