Freedom of Chepstow

Nearly 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles were on parade today as they exercised the Freedom of Chepstow.

It has been a busy 16-months for 1 RIFLES, which is based at Beachley Barracks in Chepstow and comes under the operational command of 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales.

The soldiers have seen continuous commitments during that 16 months, including in Iraq earlier this year and also having been deployed to overseas training tasks in Kazakhstan and Uganda.

Just prior to the parade, the Chepstow Military Wives Choir performed in the centre of Chepstow followed by the Riflemen stepping off and forming up at the Chepstow War Memorial at midday.

HRH The Duke of Kent, who is Royal Colonel of 1 RIFLES, was in attendance, as was the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE. The Band and Bugles of The Rifles led the parade through Chepstow.