The pageantry of Trooping the Colour will come to Banbury at this year’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 28.
Banbury’s Army Reserve Unit will commemorate 216 years of military history by taking possession of the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars (QOOH)colour and trooping it through the ranks of cadets, soldiers and veterans who will attend the town’s annual tribute to the country’s armed forces.
It will be the first time in history that the colour – in its present design – is trooped.
The QOOH colour will be displayed first to 142 Squadron – the Royal Logistic Corps now based at Banbury TA Centre – who will then parade it through the assembled ranks.
The parade, led by the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps, will begin in Market Place at 11.30am.
Ten minutes later participants will line up outside the Whately Hall Hotel in Horse Fair for the historic trooping ceremony.
The parade will then move from Horse Fair past Banbury Cross, down High Street and will then be dismissed in Broad Street.
Major Jeremy Burnan, 142 Squadron’s commanding officer, said: “This is not only to commemorate an honourable history and affiliation, but to thank the people of Banbury for their welcome and their hospitality since our arrival.”
Chris Smithson, chairman of the Banbury branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “This year I would like as many ex-forces veterans and standards on parade as possible.
“Members who are unable to march the whole distance can form up in Horse Fair and still take part in the parade.”
The event is organised by Banbury Town Council and during the day the town centre will be a ‘living’ military museum with tanks and other wartime memorabilia on display.