Regiment prepares for big march through city streets

Parade: Last year's Armed Forces Day. This year the King's Royal Hussars will march
Parade: Last year's Armed Forces Day. This year the King's Royal Hussars will march
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The route of next week’s parade through Preston by one of the British Army’s most prestigious armoured regiments has been revealed.

The King’s Royal Hussars is marking 300 years of its history by marching through the city – one of its recruitment heartlands – on Saturday July 11.

The parade will coincide with Preston’s Military Armed Forces Day which will see soldiers and equipment from other North West units take to the city’s streets in support of the occasion.

The parade leaves at 11am from Lancaster Rd, going via Fishergate, Lune St, Friargate, arriving at the Flag Market at 11.40am.

The KRH’s origins can be traced back to the raising of the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’ Own) and The 11th Hussars (PAO) at the time of the First Jacobite Rebellion in 1715. Today the KRH is equipped with the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and the tracked Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (CVR) among others.

It has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Kosovo in recent years.

The Preston parade is one of a series marking the tercentenary commemorations.

Brigadier Christopher Coles, Commander of the Preston-based 42nd Infantry Brigade and HQ North West, said: “We’re very proud to be supporting Preston’s Armed Forces Day, it’s a great opportunity for us to say thank you for all the good will we receive from the city throughout the year.”

The July 11 day will also host a spectacular free Preston City Wrestling event on the flag market.

The free Tribute to the Troops event starts at 3pm. Fights include Chris Masters v Dave Mastiff ; Bubblegum v Rockstar Spud; and Ken Anderson v Sha Samuels.