Army's Light Dragoons say farewell to Dereham for last time

Light Dragoon soldiers with bayonets
Image caption The Light Dragoons were first given permission to march through Dereham with their bayonets fixed in 2009

Soldiers from the Army's Light Dragoons have marched through a Norfolk town for the final time, cheered on by about 4,000 well-wishers.

About 250 men and women from the regiment took part in the farewell parade in Dereham.

They are relocating from nearby Swanton Morley to Catterick in North Yorkshire.

During their 15 years at the Robertson Barracks, the regiment has served in Bosnia, Iraq and completed four tours of Afghanistan.

"It's been a very challenging experience - it's been character-building," said Sgt Gary Delaney.

"We've been through some interesting times but it's all what we sign up for."

The Army regards the light cavalry regiment as its "eyes and ears on the battlefield".

Image caption About 250 soldiers joined the last parade through Dereham
Image caption The Light Dragoons will hand over their barracks to another unit in the summer

Three military vehicles joined the parade as well as the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.

The deputy lieutenant of Norfolk, brigadier Richard Heywood, took the salute and inspected the troops in the Market Place.

The regiment was granted the freedom of the town in 2009.

The group will hand over its barracks to another cavalry unit, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, on 6 July.

Image caption The troops were inspected by a number of officials including the county's deputy lieutenant

The move comes as the Light Dragoons mark their 300-year anniversary.

Originally they were known as the Heavy Dragoons, with mounted soldiers.

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