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Freedom of Entry Ceremony - Ramsey

A large crowd gathered in Ramsey for the ceremony to confer the Freedom of Entry to the crew of the Royal Navy ship bearing the name of the town, HMS RAMSEY. The band were delighted to have been invited to join the celebration by leading the parade through the town.

The band formed up in Market Square and played a number of nautical items to entertain the people who had arrived to watch the start of the parade. The crew of HMS RAMSEY then formed up behind the band and paraded through the main shopping area, Parliament Street, to the town hall, where the main ceremony took place.

Following this, the band and the crew, now with bayonets fixed, paraded back down Parliament Street to the Court House where the parade was dismissed.

It was good to see the people of Ramsey showing their support to the crew of HMS RAMSEY.

The band would like to thank Tom Sinden (Rushen Silver Band) and Joe Caine for helping out.

For more information check out Ramsey Town Commissioners website.

Photographs courtesy of Ian Pilbeam, our bass player who was unable to march.

Freedom of Entry

The action of a town conferring upon a unit, ‘Freedom of entry with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing, and colours flying', dates from the time when fortress walls were necessary to protect the inhabitants of the town from the incursions of outlaw bands and the attacks of feudal lords. Bodies of armed men were refused entry to the town unless the citizens were confident they meant no harm.

Thus, the granting of permission for a formed body of armed men to enter a town became a mark of the trust and confidence in which that body was held by the residents of that town. Today, it is the highest honour that a city, borough, or town can bestow on the Royal Navy or one of Her Majesty's Ships.

Report by Brian Osborn 31/05/2010

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