SOLDIERS paraded through the streets of Hamble to mark the historic partnership of an army regiment and a yacht club.
Dozens of troops from the King’s Royal Hussars marched through the town to the Royal Southern Yacht Club pier, where they took part in a ceremony formally twinning the two organisations.
The groups have historical links and Mark Inkster, commodore of the club, said they had wanted to forge a bond which showed their support for the regiment.
He said: ‘These lads will be off to Afghanistan soon, so we wanted to show how much we value what they do and their friendship.’
Mary Anderson, 43, from Bursledon, came down to watch the parade and said: ‘They looked wonderful all dressed up and marching through the town. It’s not a common sight around here.’