THE 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment, based in Wiltshire, have the freedom of the city of Stoke-On-Trent.
They used that freedom on Saturday 21st February 2009 to march through the town. It’s before they move bases to Germany in July.
They were joined in a salute by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-On-Trent, Derek Capey, and Peter Moxon OBE, a Deputy Lieutenant. Up to 150 troops marched through the city, and were applauded by well wishers and shoppers. After that, over 26,000 fans at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium also applauded at half time.
They were joined on the march by a staffordshire bull terrier dog, to show their roots.
Lord Mayor Derek Capey said: “The Mercians, in there various different guises,
have served all over the world and have three hundred years of history behind
“They have recruited in this city for many, many years and it is a privilege to
have them marching through the streets of Stoke-on-Trent and only right that we
honour them in this way before they go and serve overseas.
The regiment brought along their “warrior”, an armoured vehicle which they let the public sit inside.
Captain Paul Cooper, spokesman for the Battalion, said: “The Battalion is very
keen to maintain the strong links with the local communities in the Midlands.
“Wherever we have been, we have always had fantastic support from the people of
Stoke-on-Trent, the civic leaders, the football clubs and the media. Long may
The North Staffordshire Regiment recruited from Stoke-on-Trent and the
surrounding area for over two hundred years and the city council granted the
Freedom of the City to the Regiment in 1947.
The North Staffords amalgamated with the South Staffords in 1959 to become the
The Staffordshire Regiment, who in turn merged with the Cheshire and
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 2007 to form the Mercian
The battalion are moving to Falligbostel in Germany next July.