Army Battery receives Freedom of
A thriving reserve Army Battery which
trains and deploys some of the most advanced artillery systems has been awarded
the Freedom of Liverpool. The 208 (3rd West Lancashire) Battery of the 103
Regiment Royal Artillery, which is based on Aigburth Road, is a close knit
regiment which regularly exercise overseas as well as play a full part on
operations. They have 60 personnel and have an association
with Liverpool dating back to 1859. They operate and maintain the Light Gun, one
of the Army's most versatile weapons. It's used to support infantry and other
combat units anywhere on the battlefield. They were awarded the City's highest
civic honour in a special service and ceremony at Liverpool Parish Church, on
Saturday, 14 October 2017, followed by a march along the waterfront and through the
City Centre, to the Town Hall.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:-
a long and proud association with the armed forces and it is right and proper
that we honour the critical role they play in keeping us safe.
I am honoured to confer the Freedom of the City on the Battery in recognition of
their vitally important work. It serves as a permanent reminder of the
sacrifices their personnel make, giving up their time and putting themselves at
Major Anthony Gledhill from 208 Battery said:- "This is a huge honour for
my Battery, we are absolutely thrilled and privileged.
Not only are we accepting this for the present generation of Gunners and their
families who have supported us, but for all who have served in 208 Battery and
helped maintain our links with the City."
The Freedom of Liverpool is awarded to organisations and individuals who have
made an exceptional contribution to life in the City.