MAYOR Cllr Ken Richardson is calling on the people of Barnsley to give a rousing reception to soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment as they march through the town centre on Thursday.

Accompanied by a military band and colour party, 120 troops from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s) will form up at Churchfield car park at 10.45am.

The parade will march along Church Lane and Church Street before halting outside the Town Hall for speeches and an inspection.

"We're tremendously proud to welcome this freedom parade to Barnsley," said Cllr Richardson. "It will be a great opportunity for people of all ages, from across the borough, to show their appreciation and support for the work of one of ‘our’ regiments.

"Alongside colleagues from the Armed Forces and civic guests, I would be delighted to see a large crowd, including family and friends of those marching, lining the route of the freedom parade."

Cllr Richardson added that people working and living in the town centre, and motorists, should anticipate some travel disruption on Thursday morning due to temporary road closures and parking restrictions.

He said: "I encourage people to prepare in advance their journeys for the day. However, this moving and enjoyable occasion will enable us to show our appreciation as a borough for some brave individuals. Please do your very best to come along to support it."