This picture was taken this morning when two local regiments were awarded the Freedom of Birkenhead following a stint in Afghanistan, some soldiers from the regiment are still out there but are due to return soon.
Three of the men were awarded medals and this shows one such presentation. (I always thought medals were 'pinned on' but as you can see here, they were presented in boxes)
The regiments were led through the town, to Hamilton Square by a military band dressed in red and were fortunate that the rain only started just as they were about to enter the old town hall for refreshments.
The freedom of the town was presented to both regiments by the Mayor, Councillor Moira McLaughlin.
1/160 @ f14
Lens at 48mmFL.
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