HMS Daring Freedom Parade

By on 08/09/2009 in News

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Michael Wilkes, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Vivienne Wilkes, will preside over the Presentation of the Freedom of the City to HMS Daring on Thursday 10 September 2009.

The Parade will begin at 11.30am with music from the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Plymouth. The Commanding Officer and Ship's Company will march through the City Centre with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed. 

The Parade will start and finish in front of Birmingham Council House in Victoria Square, taking in New Street, Cannon Street, Cherry Street, Temple Row, Temple Row West and Colmore Row.

HMS DARING has been affiliated to Birmingham and continues the tradition formerly held by HMS BIRMINGHAM which was decommissioned in 1999. The current HMS DARING is the seventh ship to bear the name and was launched at the BAE Systems shipyard in Scotstoun on 1 February 2006. 

She is the first ship of the Type 45 Class destroyers, which will be the largest and most powerful air defence destroyers ever operated by the Royal Navy and the largest general purpose surface warship to join the Fleet since World War Two cruisers.

The Lord Mayor, said: “This will be a tremendous occasion for the City and for everyone taking part and I would encourage citizens from across Birmingham to come along on the day to show their support for our brave servicemen and women.”

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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