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1st Queen's Dragoon Guards to receive Freedom of the City

SOLDIERS from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) will join former US President Jimmy Carter and the late legendary footballer John Charles in being given the highest honour Swansea can bestow.

image depicting Queen’s Dragoon Guards

The Regiment, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will march through the city streets on Saturday, July 11, after a six-month tour of Afghanistan and will coincide with Swansea's 40th anniversary of city status.

Chris Holley, leader of Swansea council, said: "It's great news that the city and county is going to signal its gratitude for the work of the QDG in this way.

"2009 is an important year for Swansea as it is celebrating the 40th anniversary of city status.

"Giving the Freedom of the City to the QDG is our way of recognising that they are part of our community and have been for 50 years.

"Some of the soldiers been recruited from Swansea and I'm sure there would be no prouder moment for them for their families to see them being publicly honoured in their home city."

The parade route, beginning at 11am, will take in Francis Street, Guildhall, St Helen's Road, Dilwyn Street, Oxford Street, Whitewalls, St Mary's Square, Princess Way, then return on the same route to Francis Street.  

The parade will be followed by a reception in the Guildhall.

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