January 21st 2015


Mercian Regiment soldiers will parade in Nottingham on Tuesday 27 January 2015 as they continue preparations for deployment to Kenya.

Over 60 soldiers from A Company, 2 Mercian will also exercise their right to the freedom of the town, beginning the march from outside St Mary’s Church, in High Pavement, at 1pm. Regimental Mascot, Private Derby XXX – who made national headlines by switching on the Christmas Lights in Ashbourne – will lead the troops with the Band of The Royal Signals. A salute will then be taken at Old Market Square by local dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Ian Malcolm.

Private Hebb, aged 25, from Nottingham, will be marching on Tuesday. He said: “Parades are very enjoyable, and I get a huge sense of pride every time I march through a town or city.

“It will be particularly poignant as this is my hometown, and perhaps even more so knowing my family are in the crowd. The reception we get is always great, and it is good to know we are appreciated.”

The parade is the last of several in The Mercian Regiment’s home counties, with marches in Chester and Stockport taking place during the previous weekend. Further parades are planned for February in the region at what is an extremely busy time for 2 Mercian.

Major Steve Hayes, Company Commander of A Company said: “The parade is an excellent opportunity for the soldiers of 2 Mercian to refresh the links with the communities they come from, and thank them for their ongoing fantastic support.

“With an exciting and diverse year of training ahead, culminating in deployment to Kenya, the support the soldiers receive from the public provides a reassuring foundation to move forward from a period of dynamic soldiering.”

Following its return from Afghanistan, the battalion has deployed to Lithuania, Cyprus and Uganda during the past 12 months. These exercises will conclude with Exercise Allied Spirit in early May. Here, elements of 2 Mercian will deploy to Kenya to conduct a full range of military tasks including live firing exercises. They will then operate in the Battle Group context, with support from Mortars, Anti Tanks, Snipers, Reconnaissance, Artillery, Engineers and Aviation, to demonstrate the full range of capabilities of a modern Infantry Battalion in the British Army.

The Regimental Support Team will be outside the Town Hall with a recruiting stand, to offer further information and advice to anyone interested in a career with the British Army. For further information on The Mercian Regiment, please visit: or