Parade for Grantham’s 168 Pioneer Regiment will go ahead as planned

A parade of 150 soldiers from Grantham's 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC march through Grantham town centre last year.
A parade of 150 soldiers from Grantham's 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC march through Grantham town centre last year.
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A farewell parade by a Grantham regiment will go ahead after it looked to be in jeopardy.

The 168 Pioneer Regiment, of the Royal Logistic Corps, which has been based at the Prince William of Gloucester barracks in Somerby Hill for nearly 30 years, will march through the town on Saturday, October 26, after a service at St Wulfram’s Church.

The parade was in danger of not going ahead when the police said the route chosen by the regiment would not be possible due to resources. But they have now agreed and the regiment will parade from the church along Brook Street, Watergate and the High Street.

District councillor Mike Cook said: “We have had a few difficulties that have been overcome. I am absolutely delighted the parade is on and that Grantham is going to be supporting the Army at the disbandment of 168 Pioneer Regiment on this sad occasion.”

Mayor of Grantham Frank Turner said: “I am delighted. It’s good news for Grantham and good news for the Pioneers.”

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I wholeheartedly support this parade and I look forward to being there myself to cheer on the brave men and women of 168 Pioneer Regiment.

“Speaking on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, we have no problem with the route that the marchers have chosen and hope the people of Grantham come out to show their support.

“If the county council can support the event in any way – either by putting up bunting, or managing the traffic on the roads – we will be more than happy to help.”

The regiment will now be allowed to parade down Brook Street and into Watergate and High Street as it had originally planned. The police had suggested they would like the parade to go along Swinegate and Vine Street, but the Army said this would make marching difficult.

Coun Cook said a number of VIPs will be in Grantham to see the parade.