THE 157 (Welsh) Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corp (RLC) is celebrating being granted the freedom of Swansea with a parade and march in the city centre on July 27.
157 (Welsh) Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corp (RLC) which has always recruited strongly from Swansea will be receive the freedom of the city at a special ceremonial event at the Guildhall in Swansea.
It will then exercise its right to march in the city centre from the Guildhall to a VIP reception at the National Waterfront Museum.
The honorary freedom celebration is all part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Swansea being declared a city and will come just days after Catherine Zeta Jones receives the honour in a ceremony at the Guildhall.
Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “Reservists play an increasingly vital role in the British Army, often taking part in operations around the world. 157 Regiment RLC is the largest Army Reserve regiment in Wales.
“Its job is to move combat supplies great distances to ensure the Army has all it needs to do its job. If it can be loaded onto the back of a truck, they move it.
“Not only do they potentially put their lives at risk, but they also play an important part in promoting a greater understanding of the Army and its work.
“Here in Swansea, we’re enormously proud of our serving and former Armed Forces men and women. Granting Honorary Freedom of the City and County of Swansea to 157 (Welsh) Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corp (RLC) will further show how much the council and communities across the city appreciate everything our Armed Forces do to protect the freedom and democracy that we cherish.”
The Ceremonial Meeting of Swansea Council will take place in the Guildhall Chamber on July 27 at 10am. There will be an Inspection outside the Guildhall at followed by a march from Guildhall to the National Waterfront Museum via St Helen’s Road, West Way, Oxford Street and Princess Way.
157 (Welsh) Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corp (RLC) is the latest of a number of armed services’ units and individuals who have had the honour conferred upon them. These range from World War II general Bernard Montgomery, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, to the Royal Navy’s ocean survey vessel HMS Scott and HMS Cambria, which was granted freedom of the city last year.
Others to have been granted the honour over the years include former Wales football manager Chris Coleman, former American President Jimmy Carter, the late Lord Callaghan, the late John Charles and Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.