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  Freedom Parade, Northampton - 25th March 1993

The day dawned clear, ideal for a parade which was to be proud yet sad. Some 212 personnel from 23 Group and a small contingent from Germany took part under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Iain Milne.

The parade was watched by a large number of the public from Northampton plus many retired and senior members of the Corps. The Corps exercised its Freedom right to march through the town with bayonets fixed and drums beating. His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester GCVO inspected the parade accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Milne and afterwards His Royal Highness and the Mayor took the salute at the march past led by the band of the Grenadier Guards.

Following the parade the borough hosted the Corps to a luncheon at which His Royal Highness presented the borough with a silver table piece on behalf of the officers of the Corps. The Major Councillor Tero spoke about the event and the sadness of the departure of the Pioneers from Northampton. The mark of support received from the borough council can be be seen below.

It was a splendid day which finished off with an excellent evening at Turners near the Barracks.


Pioneers march to the future:
   Ptes White and Bishop of 187    Company RPC in 'close up'
   during the Freedom Parade

The emotions are spent, the sadness expressed, but as General Sir Hugh Beach said in a letter "you cannot destroy the history of the Corps - that will live on". Already evident is a determination to make things work in the Royal Logistics Corps in the way Pioneers do best. The Corps has so much to be proud of with Pioneers in the thick of it in all corners of the world in peace and war - not the least
of which is Yugoslavia.

The Corps has quietly got on with business in hand, sometimes
with recognition, often with none at all. A price was paid and
you will find the graves of Pioneers in most War Cemetaries overseas - they paid heavily.

Our overseas Pioneers must never be forgotten; they too gave
their lives and served loyally. The Association will provide the
focal point for the Royal Pioneer Corps affairs both socially and supportively. It will need your involvement and encouragement.

Outside Northampton's Guildhall

Parade Inspection
Parade march past
HRH The Duke of
  Gloucester inspects the parade
Parade march past

Parade Inspection
HRH with the Mayor of Northampton
Lunchtime discussion with HRH
Silver piece on table presented
   to the Borough of Northampton

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