Borough salutes Territorial Army with freedom of Castlereagh
A regiment of the Territorial Army has been awarded the freedom of the borough of Castlereagh.
The honour has gone to 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) and 152 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Workshops.
It was conferred at a special ceremony on Saturday in recognition of its support of the regular Army around the world.
First Minister Peter Robinson was among those attending the event.
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Burgess, who accepted the freedom of the borough on behalf of 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment, said more than 300 of its members had been deployed over the past 15 years to support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus.
"The freedom of the borough is a great honour bestowed on the regiment which will be cherished by our members for years to come," he added.
Previous recipients of the Freedom of the Borough of Castlereagh are:
• 1984 – The Ulster Defence Regiment
• 1992 – The Ulster Special Constabulary Association
• 1994 – The Regimental Association of the Ulster Defence Regiment
• 1995 – The Royal Irish Regiment
• 1996 – The Royal British Legion
• 1998 – 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (Volunteers)
• 2000 – The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC
• 2002 – George Best
• 2003 – Peter Robinson
• 2004 – Northern Ireland Prison Service
• 2008 – Northern Ireland Housing Executive