On Wednesday 19 July, HMS Torbay will be handing back the Honorary Freedom of Torbay, which was presented to the crew of the submarine by Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver in 2015.

Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver said: “The Honorary Freedom of Torbay gave the submarine’s crew the right and honour to march through the Borough bearing arms. Granted under the Honorary Freedom of Boroughs Act 1885, the title is being returned as the submarine is due to be decommissioned.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Torbay to say a big thank you to all the commanding officers and crews for defending us and keeping us free.  We are very grateful to them for the service that they have provided not only for Torbay but this country and we will welcome them.”

Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Nicole Amil, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the links between Torbay and the Royal Navy and in particular marking the end of an era with HMS Torbay.

“We are extremely honoured and proud to receive and host the crew and look forward to the ceremonial service and parade through the town.”

To mark the event, a ceremonial service will take place at 2pm outside Torquay Town Hall followed by a parade through the town centre led by the Royal Marines Band.

The parade will start at the Town Hall, through Union Street and Fleet Street then around the Clocktower back towards Torbay Road finishing at the Princess Theatre.

There will be a number of road closures between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and signed diversions will be in place. Parking suspension will be in place in Union Street and Torbay Road from Abbey Sands to Princess Gardens between 11am and 3.30pm. 

For further information please email events@torbay.gov.uk.

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