Kent

Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment march in Gravesend

The Army has marched through a Kent town for the first time in 40 years.

The 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment celebrated being awarded the freedom of the borough by marching in Gravesend.

The borough council said the Army last marched through the town to mark the closure of Milton Barracks in May 1969.

The procession started in Harmer Street, and went towards Milton Road and back along Windmill Street towards the civic centre.

Councillor John Burden, the leader of the Labour-run council, said it was a "fantastic opportunity for the people of Gravesham to come out and show their support".

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment is the county regiment of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Middlesex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.

The regiment has three battalions - two regular and one territorial - and members of all three battalions have served in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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