Coldstream Guards get freedom of Devon city, Exeter

The Coldstream Guards have been granted the freedom of the city of Exeter in Devon.

Three hundred guardsman marched through the city centre before an inspection and ceremony where their colours were blessed.

The regiment is the fourth military group to be granted the honour.

On Tuesday the regiment was granted freedom of the parish of Merton, a village in north Devon and performed at a concert at Exeter Cathedral.

Lt Col Graham Jones who was involved in the concert said: "It was great fun, and what I liked most was the warmth that I could feel from the audience here in Exeter.

"What a great place to play, Exeter Cathedral is a wonderful place."

The Coldstream Guards is the oldest regular regiment in the Army and is known for its distinctive black bearskin caps worn at ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour.

The Royal Marines, The Rifles and 243 The Wessex Field Hospital regiments also have freedom of the city.

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