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Welsh Cavalry march through Swansea City Centre

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Soldiers from the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG), ‘The Welsh Cavalry’ exercised their right to march through the city centre on Friday.

It’s the first time in eight years the Welsh Cavalry, which enjoys the Freedom of the City, have exercised its right to march in Swansea and follows a tour of duty on United Nations peacekeeping operations in Mali, west Africa.

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After a formal inspection on the Guildhall Rotunda, the squadron paraded through the city along St Helen’s Road, West Way, Oxford Street, Princess Way and Kingsway before returning to the Guildhall via St Helen’s Road, Guildhall Road South and Francis Street.

Mike Day, Lord Mayor of Swansea, said: “Some of the troops are from the South West Wales area and this is was a marvellous opportunity for family, friends and the general public to show how much we appreciate them and their peacekeeping work in Mali.”

Dignitaries welcome the Welsh Cavalry (Image: Swansea Council)
The Lord Mayor of Swansea inspects the Welsh Cavalry at Swansea’s Guildhall rotunda (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry paraded outside the Guildhall before heading onto the city centre (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry paraded outside the Guildhall before heading onto the city centre (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry paraded outside the Guildhall before heading onto the city centre (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry paraded outside the Guildhall before heading onto the city centre (Image: Swansea Council)

Andrea Lewis, Joint Deputy Leader of the Council, who was also at the formal inspection on Friday, said: “Swansea is the spiritual home of the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards. It’s why they have the Freedom of the City and why we were delighted that they wanted to exercise their right to march through Swansea following their tour of duty.

“A multi-national UN contingent has been in Mali since 2013, successfully helping to keep the peace and building relationships with local residents. The Welsh Cavalry’s deployment has made an important contribution to an on-going international commitment to the wellbeing of the people of Mali and its soldiers should be proud of their achievements.”

The council’s armed forces’ champion Cllr Wendy Lewis, said the QDG has served in many conflict zones over the years, including three gruelling tours of Afghanistan.

She said: “Swansea has a proud history of welcoming the QDG to our city. As a council and a community we’ve always been hugely committed to supporting our armed forces who go in harm’s way to keep the rest of us safe. That commitment shows itself in support for our veterans every day and it was reflected during the march on Friday.”

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The marching band headed up the parade as the Welsh Cavalry made their way through the streets of Swansea (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry make their way from Swansea’s Guildhall towards the city centre (Image: Swansea Council)
The parade heads down St Helens Avenue (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry were met by cheering crowds as they passed the Potters Wheel on the Kingsway (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry were met by cheering crowds as they passed the Potters Wheel on the Kingsway (Image: Swansea Council)
The Welsh Cavalry wore their military finest for the parade (Image: Swansea Council)
The sight of an armoured vehicle driving down Oxford Street was certainly unusual! (Image: Swansea Council)
Children got to explore one of the vehicles and speak to soldiers on Castle Square (Image: Swansea Council)
The parade makes its way past St Mary’s church onto Princess Way (Image: Swansea Council)
The parade makes its way past St Mary’s church onto Princess Way (Image: Swansea Council)
Crowds line the Kingsway as the Welsh Cavalry march past (Image: Swansea Council)
Crowds line the Kingsway as the Welsh Cavalry march past (Image: Swansea Council)

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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