Supporters of 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment lined the streets of Aldershot on Saturday (March 12) as it celebrated its freedom of Rushmoor with a parade.

Made up of soldiers from one of the Army’s most formidable fighting forces,the Gurkhas, some 150 men from the regiment marched through the town led by the Brigade of Gurkhas Band and their own regimental pipes and drums.

The parade set off from outside Princes Hall, where the Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Martin Tennant presented the Freedom Scroll at around 11am.

“Rushmoor is extremely proud of the long historic link with the Gurkhas as they have made their home in Aldershot,” he said.

“They continue to serve the British Army and the local community with tremendous distinction.”

The soldiers made their way along Grosvenor, Victoria and Station roads, the High Street and back along Princes Way, supported by flag-waving residents and shoppers.

The borough council awarded the Freedom of the Borough to the Gurkhas last July at an extraordinary council meeting in which a motion conferring the honour on the regiment for its bravery, courage and contribution to the community was unanimously backed.

Forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas, the regiment is affiliated to The Royal Logistic Corps and first moved to Rushmoor in 2002, and is likely to remain in Aldershot – at Gale Barracks in Alison’s Road – long-term.

During its time in the town, the regiment has completed two operational tours of Iraq, including the initial invasion, and two of Afghanistan.

Last year marked the 200th anniversary of Gurkha service in the British Army.