A Freedom March will take place on Monday 12 September to celebrate 50 years of twinning with Vannes, France.
HMS Collingwood will mark the anniversary by exercising their 'Freedom of the Borough' and marching through Fareham. Around 150 Sailors will march with 'colours flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed', accompanied by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
A timetable of the event can be viewed below:
10:45am The march will start from the Civic Offices in Fareham, head down the High Street and then into West Street.
11am The Mayor will take the general salute and will inspect the platoons alongside her Vannes counterpart. This will be followed by an Arms Drill display, prayers and speeches.
11:50am The march will then head out through the Falklands Arch, back up Quay Street, take a salute, and return to the Civic Offices, marching all the way.
There will be some road closures on the day from 10:30am until 11:15am and from 11:45am to 12:30pm. The roads affected are:
Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Connie Hockley said: "I'm delighted to welcome our Vannes visitors to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Twinning of our two towns and I hope that residents will come and join us to celebrate this milestone."
Notes to editor:
Vannes is on the Gulf of Morbihan on the north west coast of Brittany and is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the area. It dates from the second century and balances a proud heritage with a progressive and diverse hi-tech economy. The first exchange visits between residents of Fareham and Vannes began with Fareham Round Table in 1964. After other visits, it was agreed that the link should be formalised. Vannes is similar to Fareham in that it is a former port, has attractive historic areas and is a popular sailing centre. Charters were exchanged and formal twinning arrangements began in 1966.
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