The crew from HMS York will parade through York this afternoon.
The war ship is being de-commissioned by the Royal Navy later this month.
Troops will march through the streets to return the scroll it received for its Freedom of Entry to the City.
City of York Council Statement:
HMS York sails for the final time
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Hyman is delighted to preside over the welcome of HMS York to the city this weekend.
On Saturday 15 September, the ship’s company of HMS York, led by Commander Rex Cox, will exercise its Freedom of Entry to the city. This will be the final time that the ship is able to exercise its freedom of entry, as HMS York is being de-commissioned by the Royal Navy later this month.
The ship’s company will form up on Duncombe Place, ready for the start of the ceremony at 11am this Saturday (15 September), when the Lord Mayor and civic party will arrive to give them permission to parade.
Exercising freedom of entry gives the association or regiment, or in this case ship’s company, ‘the right, privilege and honour to officers and other ranks, to march through the streets of the said City with colours flying, swords drawn, and bayonets fixed, drums beating, bugles sounding and bands playing.’
After inspection by the Lord Mayor the parade will take place through the city centre, departing Duncombe Place and marching down Blake Street, Davygate, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, on to Spurriergate and Coney Street, across St Helen’s Square and back up Blake Street to Duncombe Place.
This is a special event, in that HMS York will be returning the freedom scroll to the Lord Mayor. The scroll was presented to the ship’s company when they were granted the freedom of entry in 1991, by the then Lord Mayor. The freedom scroll will then be held by the city on behalf of the Royal Navy.
As ever, this will be a spectacular occasion for residents and visitors to watch whilst in the city centre this Saturday.
The Lord Mayor said:
“I hope that many residents will come out to join me in welcoming the ship’s company to York for this special occasion.”