Independence tune-up

Cadets on the march.

Hundreds of soldiers, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and members of the Barbados’ other armed and unarmed units will participate in the national independence parade next Friday at the historic Garrison Savannah.

The ceremonial parade, which is a highlight of Barbados’ 46th anniversary, will feature 1,100 people representing 14 uniformed organisations who will be under the direction of Parade Commander Major Glyne Grannum.

Yesterday, the organisations went through their paces to ensure they get it right ahead.

Last Thursday at a Press conference, Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Vickers of the Barbados Defence Force said the key elements of the parade will be the arrival of his Excellency the Governor General and the inspection of the troops; the march past of the units on parade; a display by the Barbados Boy Scouts Association, and the march to Bridgetown by the participating troops on parade.

He said then: “It is significant to note that there will be a display by a detachment drawn from the Barbados Boy Scouts Association and this display will last for between five and seven minutes, and it will showcase the talent of the young scouts …I also want to point out that there will also be a march past by a foreign detachment – a 24-man strong platoon from a ship called the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus. This is a British Navy ship which will be touring Barbados as part of courtesy call visits”.

The parade begins at 8 a.m.

The parade will move to the Bridgetown Port if the Garrison Savannah is waterlogged.

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