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Medal presentation

By Focus_Man
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.

ISO 400
1/160 @ f14
Lens at 48mmFL.

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
21 Apr 2012 4:47PM
Hello Frank,

This may be something the soldiers may want a copy of ?. I think nowdays a lot of "Tour of Duty" medals are presented in boxes, it's a shame but a sign of the times that you see so many up for sale.

Did you get any of the Military Band ?

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hi Frank
that is a lovely shot very natural looking
regards Billy
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
21 Apr 2012 5:14PM
Its a nice sharp shot Frank. Assume f/14 was to try to get the band also?

I would clone out that roundabout blue sign, - its jumps out at me. I suppose pinning medals took too lonk, - and theres that risk of stabbing the recipient. The box Im sure is a fancy presentation case where the medal look nice on display when not being worn.

I notice the obvious difference between the senior rank and the grunts as far as hair grooming id concerned, - quite different!

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SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2012 5:53PM
God bless them and keep them safe.
cambsman 8 2 Cyprus
22 Apr 2012 10:34AM
If the officer who presented the medals see's this he will cringe. He has his belt on upside down. Obviously no bat man nowadays to dress them ???
22 Apr 2012 11:23AM
Even with the little critique details this is a brilliant shot - bless them all as they are all deserving the highest recognition !!!

Pam Grin

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