Last Saturday was not a normal day in the city of Bristol as shoppers and the watching crowds were treated to the rare sight of soldiers from 39 Signal Regiment marching through the streets.
The Regiment having been given the Freedom of the City in 2019 were exercising their rights to celebrate their contribution to the city and to mark the centenary of the Royal Signals’ centenary.
It was wonderful to see so many of the public and the families of our reservists supporting our parade through Bristol today Lt Col Connelly PhD TD, Commanding Officer
39 Signal Regiment, who have squadrons based in Cardiff, Windsor, Bath and Bristol are part of the British Army Reserves providing military communications support to Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and unusually for a reserve regiment they retain Reservists at High Readiness to provide crisis communications for emergencies in the UK, something that further cements their links with their local communities.
Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Connelly PhD TD, Commanding Officer of the Regiment remarked: “It is a great honour and privilege for the 39th Signal Regiment to exercise the Freedom of the City of Bristol in recognition of our strong local links and in commemoration of the centenary of the Royal Signals. It was therefore wonderful to see so many of the public and the families of our reservists supporting our parade through Bristol today, it really emphasised these close links which the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Mayor of Bristol highlighted in their kind words of thanks after the parade.
39 Signal Regiment has long lineage with Bristol through our predecessor Royal Signals Units based here in the Second World War and very much further back with the North Somerset Yeomanry. We are exercising this honour for the present generation of Signallers and their families who support us so well and for all who have served in the Royal Signals locally and helped maintain our proud links with the city.”
Lance Corporal Hazelgrove from 94 Sig Sqn based in Windsor and whose regular job is a manager in Next said: “What an amazing experience it was today, marching through Bristol, and the support was fantastic. This is so different to my day job which is one of the reasons why I love it so much. Joining the Army Reserve and in particular the Royal Signals was the best decision I ever made.”
The Parade was overseen by the Lord lieutenant, Lord Mayor and High Sheriff and the reception at City Hall was held and hosted by the Right Hon, Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jos Clark.