Mid Wales

Soldiers mark Freedom of Brecon with celebration parade

Brecon parade Image copyright Ian Griffiths

About 100 soldiers from the Small Arms School Corps have paraded through Brecon to celebrate being granted the freedom of the town.

Based at the Dering Lines infantry school for the past 25 years, the corps has close ties with the Powys town.

Soldiers carrying rifles with bayonets took part in the parade after being awarded the Freedom of Brecon.

Capt Gary Palmer said it was a "significant date" in the corps' history.

About 50,000 junior army commanders have been trained at the Infantry Battle School - which teaches live-fire - since the SASC moved to the base in 1992.

Capt Palmer said at least 500 service personnel had worked, married and sent their children to schools in Brecon.

"Today marks the 25th year of the corps' presence in the town and reinforces the close relationship and friendship that exists between the SASC and the people of Brecon," he said.

"All SASC instructors start their apprenticeships in Brecon, often returning throughout their careers and occasionally request Brecon as their last posting. It is safe to say that Brecon is considered to be the home of the SASC."

Image copyright Ian Griffiths

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