City of­fers free­dom

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

PROUD: Sgt Carly Bax­ter, of Char­ters Tow­ers will take part in to­day’s pa­rade HEAR ye, hear ye all Char­ters Tow­ers res­i­dents are in­vited to a medieval cer­e­mony com­plete with sword-bear­ing sol­diers and a march­ing band.

The 10th Force Sup­port Bat­tal­ion will be granted Free­dom of En­try to the city of Char­ters Tow­ers to­day with about 180 sol­diers to march from King St to Liss­ner Park.

Se­nior-Sergeant Graham Lohmann will chal­lenge Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant-Colonel Phil McMaster as part of the cer­e­mony and he will re­ply the Bat­tal­ion has the right to march with swords drawn, bay­o­nets fixed, drums beat­ing, bands play­ing and colours fly­ing be­fore pro­ceed­ing on his way.

The Bat­tal­ion will then be met at the park where they will con­duct a pa­rade by re­view­ing of­fi­cer Mayor Ben Cal­cott.

10 FSB has been granted the an­cient hon­our of Free­dom of En­try to Char­ters Tow­ers due to the many links be­tween the Bat­tal­ion and the west­ern city.

Lt-Col McMaster said the cer­e­mony would be­gin at 10am with much fan­fare thanks to mu­sic pro­vided by the 1RAR band.

Char­ters Tow­ers woman Sergeant Carly Bax­ter’s proud friends and fam­ily will be wav­ing her on from the side­lines as she par­tic­i­pates in the cer­e­mony.

‘‘ It’s a proud mo­ment for me rep­re­sent the army in front friends and fam­ily,’’ she said. to of

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