Troops parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) have paraded through Dereham after being given the freedom of the town. 

The British Army cavalry regiment was officially granted the prestigious honour on Tuesday (June 28).

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Proceedings began with a ceremony at the Memorial Hall, which saw mayor Hugh King formally give consent for the QDG to march through town.

Crowds lined the streets ready to greet around 200 service personnel, accompanied by a military band and vehicles. 

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards have been given the freedom of Dereham

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards have been given the freedom of Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Richard Dannatt, deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk and former chief of the British Army, was in attendance alongside Brigadier Alan Richmond, regimental colonel. 

Nicknamed the Welsh Cavalry, the QDG have been based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley since 2015.

Brenda Ashby with her daughter Joanne and son-in-law Simon Baker at the QDG freedom parade in Dereham

Brenda Ashby with her daughter Joanne and son-in-law Simon Baker at the QDG freedom parade in Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Dereham Town Council granted freedom of the town in recognition of their work throughout the pandemic, which saw them drive ambulances and assist the NHS. 

Soldiers have also been deployed in Mali for much of the last year to undertake a vital peacekeeping mission.

A scene from the freedom parade for 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in Dereham

A scene from the freedom parade for 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Lord Dannatt (left), Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE (centre) and Dereham mayor Hugh King at the freedom parade

Lord Dannatt (left), Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE (centre) and Dereham mayor Hugh King at the freedom parade - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Swanton Morley schoolchildren watch troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham

Swanton Morley schoolchildren watch troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Captain Jamie Rowe and his daughter, Eva, watch troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham

Captain Jamie Rowe and his daughter, Eva, watch troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Richard Edwards from Norfolk Military Vehicle Group with his 1939 Plymouth P8

Richard Edwards from Norfolk Military Vehicle Group with his 1939 Plymouth P8 at the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards' freedom parade - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town

Troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham after being given freedom of the town - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Crowds line the street as troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham town centre

Crowds line the street as troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham town centre - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Daisy Hilton, one, waves her flag as troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham

Daisy Hilton, one, waves her flag as troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Swanton Morley schoolchildren watch troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham

Swanton Morley schoolchildren watch troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards parade through Dereham - Credit: Lauren De Boise

Farrier Major Holland and mascot Land Corporal Jones support troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

Farrier Major Holland and mascot Land Corporal Jones support troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards - Credit: Lauren De Boise