Freedom of Greytown - bayonets, drums, colours flying

2016-05-18 06:00

SATURDAY 21 May will be remembered as a very special day in the history of Greytown as the Umvoti Mounted Rifles (UMR) commemorate its Freedom of Entry, and Air Force Base Durban and 15 Squadron are granted the honour.
Formal proceedings will start at 2pm sharp in front of the town hall, following a military parade from 1.30pm up Pine Street right into Okes Street, right into Cathcart Street and then right into Bell Street where formal proceedings will begin.

There are to be many highlights - the lighting of the flame of armour, trooping of the band, arrival of the VIPs, fly past, inspection of the guard of honour and a general salute.

The scroll identifying the Freedom of Entry into Greytown will be presented to the officers commanding Air Force Base Durban and 15 Squadron. The acceptance and granting of the freedom will be followed by a march past by the Guard of Honour Air Force Base, 15 Squadron and the UMR, which will include mounted and mechanised columns, and a fly past. In acknowledgment of UMR’s historical links with the district (established here in 1893), it was first granted the Freedom of Entry into Greytown as a main feature of Greytown’s 100th birthday celebrations in 1954. The scroll stated: “We confer upon you the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of Greytown on all ceremonial and other occasions with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.”

A reminder to all that Umvoti Municipality is closing streets as follows from 6am on Saturday to 6am Sunday: Bell Street from town offices to post office, Pine to Okes streets, Okes to Cathcart and Cathcart Street through to Bell Street.

There are to be many highlights - the lighting of the flame of armour, trooping of the band, arrival of the VIPs, fly past, inspection of the guard of honour and a general salute

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