HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, marched through the city centre today ( 2nd June ) despite pouring rain to celebrate their Freedom of the City award from Nottingham City Council.
The official parade today ( 2nd June ) saw 58 reservists from HMS Sherwood joined on parade by local Sea Cadets, members of the Royal Marines Reserve and the Band of HM Royal Marines, Portsmouth (Royal Band) as well as veteran’s who have served with the Royal Navy in years gone by.
The veterans all have an association with Nottingham, either having served on board the previous Type 42 destroyer of the same name, or were attached to HMS Sherwood in the past.
Lieutenant Commander Rod Grant from HMS Sherwood said:
“Receiving the accolade of Freedom of the City is a rare honour, with HMS Sherwood being only the seventh RNR unit to receive the award.”
Councillor Brian Grocock, Nottingham City Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “As a City we are immensely proud of HMS Sherwood and honouring the unit with the Freedom of the City is our way of showing our gratitude. This is the oldest and highest civic honour we can bestow on a military unit and gives them the opportunity to march through Nottingham. Something I know residents, business owners and visitors will be proud to see.
“We are pleased to have HMS Sherwood as part of our broader community and value the service they make to the East Midlands, to Nottingham and to our country. The parade is an opportunity to acknowledge their history and the role they have in keeping our country safe.”
— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) June 2, 2018