Freedom award for TA soldiers

Published Friday, 24 May 2013
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Territorial Army soldiers from Northern Ireland who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be awarded the Freedom of Castlereagh.

Freedom award for TA soldiers
TA volunteers support full-time soldiers in the UK and abroad. (© Getty)

The accolade will be bestowed upon troops from 152 Ulster Transport Regiment and 152 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during a ceremony on Saturday.

It is the highest honour a local authority can grant.

"Over 300 members of the regiment have been deployed over the last 15 years to support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations in Cyprus," said Lieutenant Colonel Tim Burgess.

"The Freedom of the Borough is a great honour bestowed on the regiment which will be cherished by our members for years to come."

The soldiers, based in Holywood and Londonderry, served alongside the Regular Army in Afghanistan last year helping move supplies such as artillery ammunition and fuel.

It is expected they will return to Helmand province next year.

First Minister Peter Robinson will be amongst the dignitaries attending the freedom ceremony at Castlereagh Council civic centre.

Specially commissioned medals will also be presented to the service personnel on parade.

© UTV News
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Rob in N i wrote (615 days ago):
Well done chaps defending not just our freedoms which so many are ungrateful for,but others near and far sleep easy now your home your duty for now is done......
HELP FOR HEROS in BRITIAN wrote (615 days ago):
Brave men and women thanks for your brave service to out grateful nation.
Hugh in Belfast wrote (615 days ago):
They can march up and down Castlereagh all they want now lol. Rewarding people for their part in occupying a foreign country.....the mind boggles
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