9 Regiment Army Air Corps Freedom of Boroughbridge Parade
Returning from a highly successful ten month tour in Afghanistan on the new the Lynx Mk9a, 9 Regiment Army Air Corps exercised its Freedom of Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. After an intensive week of polishing and marching, the Regiment formed up in the corner of the popular market town.
The skies cleared as the Regiment stepped off, proudly led by the Band of the Army Air Corps and the Regimental Second in Command, Major Robin Melling. As the column cleared the Swale Bridge and rounded the corner into the High Street, they were greeted by a huge crowd of cheering and flag waving families, children and local residents.
The Regiment halted outside the ‘Fountain’ in the town centre and were joined shortly afterwards by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mike McGinty. The Colonel in Chief of the Army Air Corps, HRH The Prince of Wales arrived and received the Royal Salute under a perfectly timed fly past of three Lynx helicopters in tight formation.
HRH The Prince of Wales inspected the guards and awarded Operational Service Medals to those recently returned from Afghanistan, accompanied by our Regimental Colonel, Colonel Fraser Budd and the Mayor of Boroughbridge, Mr Geoff Craggs.
It has been a few years since 9 Regiment Army Air Corps exercised its ‘Freedom’ of the local town to which it is so closely aligned. It was a proud day that will be remembered by all, especially as the Regiment was privileged to have HRH The Prince of Wales in attendance.
9 Regiment Air Army Corps has certainly enjoyed a little respite before deploying again in October 2011.