Bromsgrove District Council to honour the Mercian Regiment in the new year

2:32pm Wednesday 8th December 2010

BROMSGROVE District Council will be honouring the courageous men and women of the Mercian Regiment at a special meeting in the new year.

At an extraordinary meeting of the district council on Thursday, January 20, soldiers of the regiment will be granted ‘Freedom of the District’.

The regiment was chosen for the honour as it has significant ties with the town.

Bromsgrove solder Private Robbie Laws was a member of the regiment when he was killed while taking part in Operation Panther's Claw in Afghanistan last year.

Another Bromsgrove soldier who is part of the regiment, Private Alex Kennedy, made national headlines when he became the youngest recipient of the Military Cross since 1945. Pte Kennedy risked his life to rescue his wounded platoon commander while he was involved in an operation to clear an area of Garmsir, in Afghanistan.

Regiment members will be handed a scroll as a sign of appreciation for their courage and bravery to fight for their country around the world.

Chairman of the council, Councillor June Griffiths, whose grandson is currently serving in the 2nd Rifles, said preparations were underway for the event and she expected it would be well attended by local dignitaries.

Coun Griffiths said: “After the loss of Robbie, and the achievement of Pte Kennedy in being awarded the Military Cross, we wanted to honour the regiment.

“We are looking forward to it. The meeting will recognise and thank the regiment for what they do for the residents of Britain, and particularly Bromsgrove.”

A 2009 act of Parliament allows district councils to admit people of distinction and those who have served, as honorary freemen of the area.

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