Farewell Parade for 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, 16th March
On Friday 16th March 2012 a troop of 250 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, will be parading through town prior to their deployment to Afghanistan for nine months. This will give family, friends and residents the opportunity to wish them farewell before they embark on their tour of duty. Schools have been encouraged to allow their children to view the parade, and it is hoped that as many members of the public as possible will come out to line the streets and extend their best wishes to the troops. The parade will be led by the Town Crier, followed by the Band of the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), and the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire will be in attendance to take the “eyes left” as the troops pass in High Street, providing a fitting send-off. This is a hugely important occasion for all the families involved, and the support of the townspeople of Warminster will be greatly appreciated.
The troops will assemble in The Avenue and the parade will leave Station Road at 10am prompt, and will end at the Minster Church at 10.40am for a private family service at 11.00am. It is hoped that it will cause minimum road disruption, and road closure will be on a rolling basis similar to that used for the Remembrance Day Service. The police will provide 30 resources to assist with lining the route and maintaining public safety, and the army will provide 40 marshals to cover all junctions and provide manpower at the front and rear of the parade to warn the public and traffic.
The roads affected will be: The Avenue; the junction of Station Road/Fairfield Road; the junction of Station Road/Market Place/East Street; the junction of Weymouth Street/Market Place/High Street; the junction of High Street/The Close; the junction of High Street/Portway/George Street; the junction of George Street/Sambourne Road/Silver Street; the junction of Ash Walk/Silver Street; the junction of Silver Street/West Street/Obelisk/Church Street; Bath Road just beyond Minster Church car park. There will be a suspension of on-street parking in Silver Street and Church Street from 5.30am until 11.00am to allow the parade to pass through safely, but there are no plans to close any of the public car parks.
All bus companies affected will be advised of the road closures. Most of the buses that run from the Market Place between 10am and 10.40am will avoid the parade, but there may be a few minutes delay to two of the routes. Discussions concerning timings have taken place with Passenger Transport at Wiltshire Council. There will also be some difficulties with taxi pick-ups in Station Road beyond the Fairfield Road junction for approximately 15 minutes, and minor delays at the start of the parade.