Army regiment to be given rare civic honour by Havant Borough Council

An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

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THE DATE has been set for when a regiment, close to a town’s heart, is given the freedom of the borough.

The 47th Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Thorney Island near Emsworth, will march with drums beating and bayonets fixed to receive the honour from Havant Borough Council.

It will be conferred on the regiment on Armed Forces Day, June 30, in recognition of its bravery and service.

Residents are being encouraged to put out bunting and flags to display their patriotic pride once again.

The event will see troops marching from the Royal British Legion headquarters, in Brockhampton Lane, at 10.15am with their colours flying.

The regiment will then march to Havant Park where a ceremony and medals parade will take place at around 10.30am. Rolling road closures will be in place between 9.30am and 10.30am while the troops form up and march.

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart, said: ‘The 47th Regiment R A has long established connections with the towns of Havant and Emsworth. It seems a very appropriate occasion for us to proudly bestow them with this honour.’

Cllr Shimbart will be raising a flag to show the council’s support of servicemen and women in the run up to Armed Forces Day at 10.15am on June 25. The specially designed flag will be flown until after the fourth annual Armed Forces Day.