Medieval tra­di­tion comes to life in Char­ters Tow­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - Text The Editor - Shane Mad­sen

CHAR­TERS Tow­ers res­i­dents turned out in their h u n d r e d s t o wa t c h a medieval tra­di­tion come to life when 10th Force Sup­port Bat­tal­ion was granted Free­dom of the City last week­end.

Af­ter be­ing chal­lenged by Se­nior-Sergeant Graham Lohmann, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lieu­tenan­tColonel Phil McMaster marched his troops into Liss­ner Park where they were met by re­view­ing of­fi­cer, Mayor Ben Call­cott.

10 FSB was awarded a set of stain­less steel ‘ keys’ to the city made by coun­cil worker Chris Lavery and in re­turn the coun­cil was pre­sented with the Aus­tralian flag the unit fought un­der in Kan­da­har.

10 FSB ad­ju­tant Cap­tain Ti­mothy Lu­cas said the cer­e­mony strength­ened the ties be­tween mil­i­tary units and civil­ians.

‘‘ It’s one of those things where towns and units gain ca­ma­raderie with one an­other,’’ Capt Lu­cas said.

‘‘ It’s as if we are friends and you’ve given us free­dom of ac­cess.

‘‘ The Free­dom of City oc­curs f ai r l y fre­quently.

‘‘ It was great to see the peo­ple turn out.’’ the i n-


FREE­DOM: 10 Force Sup­port Bat­tal­ion’s ad­ju­tant Cap­tain Ti­mothy Lu­cas shows Jor­dan Bidewell his cer­e­mo­nial sword

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