On Saturday 17th March 2012 soldiers of 580 Glamorgan Transport Squadron RLC will be parading through Penarth to mark the granting of the honorary Freedom of the Town to the Unit
HONORARY FREEDOM OF PENARTH 580 GLAMORGAN TRANSPORT SQUADRON ROYAL LOGISTICS CORP (V)
On Saturday, 17th March 2012, soldiers of 580 Glamorgan Transport Squadron RLC (V) will be parading through Penarth to mark the granting of the honorary Freedom of the Town to the Unit.
The association with Penarth of the old Army Service Corps and the Royal Corps of Transport dates back to 1937, when 555 Company RASC (TA) was first formed in the Drill Hall in Woodland Place with the recruiting area designated as Penarth and Barry. Since that time the Unit has undergone several changes and in 1966 when it was known as 532 Ambulance Squadron Royal Corps of Transport (TA) the Penarth Urban District Council adopted the Unit. That event was marked with a parade through the town and a church service.
In 1987 Penarth Town Council marked the 25th anniversary of the adoption when the Unit then known as D Troop 223 Squadron paraded through the town and was presented with a commemorative scroll at a church service.
The Unit which is now known as 580 Squadron RLC and is based at Maindy Barracks continues to support the town, more recently at the Armed Forces Day Parade held in June last year and at the Remembrance Parade and Service.
To mark this long association Penarth Town Council will on 17th March confer the honorary Freedom of the Town on the Unit and a new scroll will be presented at a service to be held in All Saints Church. The service will be conducted by the Rev Peter Cox assisted by the Town Mayor’s Chaplain Rev Malcolm Davies and the Padre of the Welsh Transport Regiment RLC the Rev Michael Rowlands.
Prior to the Church Service the Town Mayor, Councillor Anthony Ernest, will inspect the Parade in Lower Glebe Street at 10.45am and at 11.00am the Parade led by the Corps of Drums and the Band of the 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) will march via Windsor Road and Stanwell Road to All Saints Church. The Town Mayor will take the salute outside the Council Offices at West House at about 11.08 am. After the Service at 12.15 approximately the Parade will form up in Victoria Square and march to the Paget Rooms via Stanwell Road and Victoria Road, where a reception will be held in honour of 580 Squadron.
The Church Service is open to members of the public, particularly to anyone who has had a previous connection with 580 Squadron or its predecessors.
The Town Mayor, Councillor Anthony Ernest said “It is a great privilege for Penarth to be able to award the Freedom of the Town to 580 Squadron. It is through a recent change in the law that this honour could be awarded by a Town Council, and I was determined that we should enrol our own unit at the first available opportunity.
580 Squadron have been an enormous asset to Penarth over the years, and have helped us at our many festivals and events which the people of Penarth, as well as many visitors, always enjoy.
We look forward to this occasion with both humility and pleasure “ the Mayor concluded.
The Officer Commanding 580 Transport Squadron, Welsh Transport Regiment RLC (V), Major Herb Cameron, said:
It is a great honour and enviable privilege for 580 Transport Squadron to be granted the Freedom of Penarth on this very poignant occasion, to re-affiliate ourselves with the community of Penarth town. As with our predecessors over the years, I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the Mayor and people of Penarth for their enormous and continued support to the Squadron during all manner of operations, tasks and events. This recognition and support is what we as serving members of the Armed Forces find extremely humbling and proud to be part of and marching through the town in recognition of our affiliation is one of the highest honours we can receive. We look forward to many more years of close association with the town of Penarth.
The Town Council would also be grateful to hear from anyone who may have photographs of the former Drill Hall in Woodland Place that it could copy for its records.
Local residents are asked to note that Lower Glebe Street will be closed to traffic from 7am on Saturday 17th March 2012 until 11.15 am (approx) it is vital for the assembly of the Parade that the road is clear of vehicles, any vehicles left parked within the road closure will receive a ticket from the local police.