Display and parade marks Freedom Weekend in Ripon

Marching on Market Place East. Picture - Adrian Murray (1505241AM9)
Marching on Market Place East. Picture - Adrian Murray (1505241AM9)

The close links between Ripon and the Royal Engineers were celebrated at the Royal Engineers’ Freedom Weekend on May 23-24.

It is 66 years since the Freedom of Ripon was granted to the Corps of Engineers and on Saturday, spectacular displays on the market square manned by members of Ripon’s 21 Engineers highlighted the skills of military engineers. Among the displays were two 30-tonne Terriers – a multi-terrain armoured digger – two Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (WIMIK) Land Rovers and two quad bikes

There was also a Combat Engineer stand, a construction/artisan trade skills stand, a dive tank and a weapons demonstration.

On Sunday, following the service at Ripon Cathedral at 11.15am for the Installation of the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Pauline McHardy, the 21 Engineer Regiment exercised its Freedom of the City by marching through the city centre.

The salute was received on Market Place East by Lt Gen Robin Brims, a retired British Army officer who was Commander of the Field Army at Land Command until 2007.