The West German town of Bruggen, 55 miles (88 km) south of Dusseldorf, celebrated its 700th anniversary on Saturday (2 June) by granting the freedom of the city to a British Army unit which has been stationed in the town for 21 years.
SV Bruggen Freedom of the City sign
SV PAN General Tuzo
GV Guard of honour presents arms as Gen. Tuzo salutes
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SV Brugermaster presents freedom of the city with scroll and banner
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SV Crowd around store
SV Swordsmen in parade
SV TILT UP local groups in traditional dress
SV Crowd on roadside watch maidens and women in traditional dress (3 shots)
SV Crowd on roadside PAN to local leaders
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Background: The West German town of Bruggen, 55 miles (88 km) south of Dusseldorf, celebrated its 700th anniversary on Saturday (2 June) by granting the freedom of the city to a British Army unit which has been stationed in the town for 21 years.
The Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) General Sir Harry Tuzo, took the salute at the ceremony honouring 3 Base Ammunition and Petroleum Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC).
It is the first RAOC unit to be granted the freedom of the city in a foreign country. The honour bestows on the unit the right to march through the town with swords drawn and bayonets fixed -- as if ready for battle -- and with bands playing. The honour has been traditionally coveted by the British Army.
SYNOPSIS: The West German town of Bruggen celebrated its seven hundredth anniversary on Saturday. Gen. Sir Harry Tuzo, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine, was invited to take the salute at a ceremony granting the freedom of the city to one of the units under his command. The Royal Army ordnance Corps' number Three Bass Ammunition and Petroleum Depot received the honour, by virtue of its twenty-one-year association with Bruggen.
The Brugermaster of Bruggen presented a scroll and banner, conferring the freedom of the city on the unit. The honour allows the unit to march through the town with swords drawn and bayonets fixed and bands playing.
The Community Council in Bruggen decided to hold a weekend of festivities to mark its own anniversary, the enlargement of the European Economic Community, and the twenty-one years the British Army unit had been based in the town. It is the first time that a Royal Army Ordnance Corps unit had been granted the freedom of a foreign city.
The local inhabitants took the opportunity to parade in their traditional dress. Also in the parade, traditional costumes from across the nearby Dutch border and from England.
During the two-day festivities, music ranged from an open-air concert given by the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, to a session by a pop group. Novelty competitions were staged, between the local residents, and the English and Dutch visitors. There was dancing, and roast oxen and beer in plenty to fortify the crowds at the celebrations.