Medieval tradition comes to life in Charters Towers
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