HUNDREDS of people flocked to watch history made as the Freedom of Entry to Harlow was awarded to the Essex Yeomanry at the town’s St George’s Day celebrations.
From a dais in front of the Civic Centre, Harlow council chairman Tony Hall addressed the crowds and guests before presenting the Freedom Scroll to the Honorary Colonel of the Yeomanry in a special ceremony on Saturday.
The regimental band, commanding officer, squadron and old comrades paraded through the town.
Public donations given at the event raised £400 for Help for Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund and Child Victims of Crime.
It was the first time in the town’s history that a person or group has been given the Freedom of Entry to Harlow.
Mr Hall, said: “It was an honour and privilege for me to grant the Yeomanry freedom to enter Harlow. It will go down as a key moment in Harlow’s history.
"The Yeomanry has a long past and present association with the town and I think it was fitting that we marked this with a prestigious occasion.
“The parade was a resounding success, which was enjoyed by the troops, guests and by the hundreds of shoppers in the town centre.
"This was Harlow’s way of thanking the troops and passing on our gratitude to them as this important time.
“The public’s reaction to the parade will be a welcome boost to our troops’ morale.”
During Saturday families were also given the opportunity to pop into the Museum of Harlow to find out more about St George.
Children made shields to take home for their own dragon slaying as stories were told about the patron saint of England.
The St George’s celebrations continued on Sunday (26 April) with a Rugby Festival at Harlow Rugby Club in aid of the council chairman's charity Child Victims of Crime (CVOC). The event raised more than £1,800 for the charity.