A special meeting took place in Harpenden this month to confer the Freedom of the Town on the Royal Anglian Regiment.

A meeting of Harpenden Town Council took place on Thursday, September 12 attended by The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam.

The town’s Mayor, Rosemary Farmer said: "It is fitting that Harpenden’s very first freedom should have been conferred on The Regiment with a special award signifying the town’s enduring relationship and strong local association with The Regiment".

The Royal Anglian Regiment was formed in 1964 and since then it has taken part in operational deployment in many parts of the world including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The award confirmed the historic right to ‘exercise the freedom’ by marching through the town with ‘bands playing, drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed’.

The Freedom Scroll was accepted on behalf of The Royal Anglian Regiment by Major Harry Hinnell, Officer Commanding Rear Operations Group.

The Regiment, members of The Royal British Legion, veterans and representatives of the cadet forces.