A NEWPORT parade will celebrate Royal British Legion being granted Freedom of the City of Newport.

The organisation, which is marking its centenary year, is being bestowed this rare honour in recognition and appreciation of their long and loyal service to the country.

A ceremony – which will include the Mayor of Newport, leader of the council, Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, the High Sheriff and MPs - will be held on Thursday, October 28.

Here's what you need to know about the event:

Proceedings will start at midday, when the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh leads a parade from Cambrian Road, through Bridge Street and High Street to the D-Day memorial.

Chief executive Beverly Owen will read out the Freedom Scroll before council leader, Cllr Jane Mudd, addresses the parade.


Newport Mayor, Cllr David Williams, will hand the scroll to Lieutenant Colonel MJ Harry DL, President of the Gwent Royal British Legion.

After the ceremony, Parade Commander Peter Colsey will request permission from the Mayor to exercise the Royal British Legion’s right to parade through the City of Newport.

The participants will make their way from High Street to Westgate Square and through Commercial Street to the junction with Charles Street and Llanarth Street.