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Squadron receives Freedom of Borough

By Nevin Farrell

An army unit proudly marched through a town with a rich military history after a recently formed council conferred its first Freedom of the Borough accolade.

Soldiers of the North Irish Horse paraded in Carrickfergus as Mid and East Antrim Borough Council dignitaries looked on.

DUP Mayor Billy Ashe said: "By conferring the Freedom of the Borough on the North Irish Horse Squadron we are honouring the service and dedication of the present regiment and those that have served in the past. The North Irish Horse were recognised for distinguished service during the Second World War and the current squadron has recently completed deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans."

Guests included Mrs Joan Christie, the Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim.

Regimental Honorary Colonel Dr Melfort Campbell said: "I am delighted that the council is recognising the contribution of the North Irish Horse Squadron to the people of Mid and East Antrim and to Northern Ireland by conferring the prestigious Freedom of the Borough on them."

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