Monday, 10 June 2013
1st Battalion Mercian Regiment awarded the Freedom of Tameside
The Mercians took to the streets of Stalybridge this morning, marching through the town and into Dukinfield to receive the honour.
A big thank you to Roy West from Dukinfield for filming and sharing this footage with us.
It's a Long Way to Tipperary couldn't be more appropriate for this location as it was of course in Stalybridge where Jack Judge famously penned this classic in 1912 reportedly for a five shilling bet.
Listening to the music and watching the troops marching brings tears to my eyes as I think 1914-18 generation who marched off to the slaughter of the Great War while singing that song and then I think of our current troops who are still dying as they are sent to fight in foreign wars by an uncaring political class who treat them as heroes while they are fighting and dying and then abandon them once they are no longer useful.
Three cheers for the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment - the best of British. Hip hip hooray hip hip hooray hip hip hooray