New soldiers march through Banbury

Banbury Cross by Stephen McKay Image copyright Stephen McKay
Image caption The soldiers walked past Banbury's historic cross during the march

Soldiers have marched through Banbury to celebrate their move to the Oxfordshire town.

The newly-formed 142 Vehicle Squadron of the Royal Logistic Corps will be based at the Army Reserve Centre.

The reserve soldiers are currently operating in Lincolnshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and across Oxfordshire.

About 50 are expected to relocate to the base in Oxford Road as part of an Army restructuring programme.

They will join the 12 Territorial Army soldiers currently based in Banbury.

Under the scheme, the town's Territorial Army Royal Signals Corps will disband and be replaced by a logistics unit.

'Tremendous excitement'

After a service of dedication at St Mary's Church, the parade marched to People's Park, along Horsefair, past the Cross, and down the High Street before ending in Broad Street.

It ended at the town hall where the Royal Corps of Signals flag was lowered for the last time. It was then replaced by the flag of the Royal Logistic Corps.

Major Jeremy Burnan said the people and civic authorities of Banbury had shown "tremendous excitement and warmth" towards the changes.

"Our parade will be an early opportunity to thank them for that, to say hello to Banbury, and to show military people doing military things," he added.

Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council, said the troops' arrival was a "massive boost" for the town.

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