Parade to commemorate history of army unit in Catterick Garrison (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Parade to commemorate history of army unit in Catterick Garrison
A PARADE to commemorate the rich history of a disbanding army unit was attended by scores of former soldiers today (Friday, Aug 9).
The disbandment parade, in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, celebrated 4th Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron, and the relationship between the garrison and the Royal Signals.
As part of Army 2020, Tuesday, December 31, will mark the disbandment of 204 Signal Squadron which will re-form as part of 21 Signal Regiment in 2015.
Present at the ceremony was Richmond Mayor Robert White, who was a former member of the Royal Signals.
He said: “It is a great honour as Mayor of Richmond to represent people of the town in the parade today.
“It is very sad for me personally as I am a former Royal Signals and I have paraded on this square many times before.
“This was the last Royal Signals unit march from this square after being based here since 1924.”
As well as the parade an open day will be held in Gaza Barracks on Saturday, August 10, when there will be family friendly stalls, displays, and the opportunity to take a final trip down memory lane with the Squadron prior to the start of the closure and reallocation of personnel and equipment.
Lieutenant David Cummings said: “To all those members of the Corps and civilians who have served in 4th Mechanized Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron or the previous 204 Signal Squadron - thank you. “Your loyalty, dedication and professionalism have left a lasting legacy.”
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