One of the world’s most famous military bands will march through Banbury on Armed Forces Day this month.
The Band of the Irish Guards will lead a parade from High Street to Horsefair on Saturday, June 27, where the Freedom of Banbury will be conferred on town-based 142 Vehicle Squadron.
This will be followed a Trooping of the Colour ceremony.
The day starts at 9.30am when the town mayor’s civic cadets raise the Armed Forces Flag at the town hall.
There will be stalls and military displays in the area around the town hall until 3pm when the area will be cleared for the arrival of the Irish Guards.
142 Vehicle Squadron arrived in Banbury last year and are based at the Territorial Army barracks on Oxford Road.
The squadron’s predecessors at the base, the now disbanded TA Royal Signals Corps, had been granted Freedom of the Town and the honour is being transferred to the new regiment.
Councillor Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council and a former Irish Guardsman, said: “It is a tremendous honour for the Band of the Irish Guards to come to Banbury.
“They tour the world and are much in demand, so for them to come here on such an important day in the military calendar is something this town can be proud of.”
He added: “I hope Banbury people will turn out in their thousands to see and hear some of the most sought-after military musicians in the world.
The presentation of the Freedom of Banbury and the Trooping of the Colour will also be a spectacle that will live in people’s memories for many years.”