Northern Ireland

Territorial Army regiment given freedom of Castlereagh

Freedom of the borough ceremony in Castlereagh
Image caption The honour was bestowed on the regiment on Saturday

A regiment of the Territorial Army has been awarded the freedom of the borough of Castlereagh.

The honour has gone to 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) and 152 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Workshops.

It was conferred at a special ceremony on Saturday in recognition of their support for the regular army around the world.

NI First Minister Peter Robinson was among those attending the event.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Burgess, who accepted the freedom of the borough on behalf of 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment, said more than 300 of its members had been deployed over the last 15 years to support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus.

"The freedom of the borough is a great honour bestowed on the regiment which will be cherished by our members for years to come," he added.