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30th Signal Regiment preparing for Platinum Jubilee Parade through Nuneaton

Published on Tuesday, 31st May 2022

Soldiers rehearsing for Jubilee March through Niuneaton.
The 30th Signal Regiment, ready to march through Nuneaton.

One of the main attractions when Nuneaton and Bedworth celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be seeing the 30th Signal Regiment parade through Nuneaton town centre.

The march takes place on 2 June at 11am and promises to be a colourful spectacle with soldiers marching with colours flying, music playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets, with the regiment having received the 'Freedom of the Borough' in 2019.

Commanding Officer, Lt Col Simon Smith said:

“To exercise the freedom of the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth is an honour and privilege that the unit have sadly been unable to conduct since 2019.

“We hope that this parade will further strengthen the already close bond that both 30 Signal Regiment and the Queen’s Gurkha Signals has with the town and the people of the Borough, many of whom have family members that serve with the Armed Forces – some even within our own regiment, including me.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor and the Council for granting the permission for us to march and I hope our two communities continue to grow and thrive together.

“It is always special whenever we are allowed to conduct such parades but linking this on with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration makes it even more of an occasion.’’

Cllr Kris Wilson, leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“Our Borough is rightly proud of the deep and strong links that we have with the armed forces.

“Exercising the Freedom of the Borough is a rare event; a Platinum Jubilee is ever rarer still.

“To be able to start our Jubilee celebrations with this event is truly magical, and I hope that the great people of Nuneaton and Bedworth will come down and enjoy this spectacular show.”

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Matthew Dugdale Bt, DL, will be in attendance as a representative of Her Majesty, so the regiment can also wear their Jubilee medals.

RSM Oliver Wood added:

“Preparations are well under way with lots of drill practice provided by WO2 (RQMS) Subash and Sgt Wilson.

“The Soldiers and Officers of the regiment are extremely proud to have close ties with this borough.

“They are excited to proudly parade through the town to exercise the 30th Signal Regiment and Queens Gurkha Signals Freedom of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough.

“The timing of the parade linking in with the Queens Jubilee celebration has made the event even more special for our people and the people of the borough.’’