Royal Irish Regiment granted freedom of Market Drayton

Soldiers based at Tern Hill Barracks in Shropshire have been granted the freedom of Market Drayton.

An official ceremony for the First Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment will take place in 2012.

The decision was approved by councillors at a meeting of Market Drayton Town Council on 28 April.

The battalion, which has been based at Tern Hill for five years, returned from service in Afghanistan earlier this month.

'Civil recognition'

The recognition means the regiment can march through the town on any ceremonial occasion it wishes to mark.

Roger Smith, the Mayor of Market Drayton, said he was pleased the proposal had been passed unanimously.

He said: "It's a civil recognition of the regiment's contribution to the town of Market Drayton and for their courageous and often dangerous work in Afghanistan.

"It's wonderful for the town and the regiment."

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