TROOPS from The Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment paraded through Bicester town centre on Sunday afternoon.

The regiment, which is based at St George’s Barracks, were honoured with the Freedom of the town for the first time.

The honour is granted to a regiment which has earned the trust of the town.

The event began with a church service at St Edburg’s Church which Service personnel, their families, friends, invited guests and the local community attended before the troops commenced the march.

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At 3.10pm, the troops - made up of 83 personnel - made their way from the end of Church Street, down the Causeway into Market Square.

The parade was led and supported by 7 Rifles Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles.

Following an inspection by Brigadier Matt Bazeley, Mayor Jason Slaymaker and a representative from the Oxfordshire’s Lord Lieutenancy Office, the Regiment were presented with a scroll and a glass piece by the council which signifies the granting of the Freedom.

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Mr Slaymaker and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hallett then gave speeches before the Regiment proceeded with the parade.

To bring the celebrations to a close, the parading troops continued to march onto Garth Park where the Regiment enjoyed a garden party, which was hosted by Bicester Round Table and Bicester Ladies Circle.