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Big parade in Dannevirke

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/08/2016

<p>New Zealand Defence Force</p> © SNPA/Ross Setford

New Zealand Defence Force

Army dignitaries are attending a big parade down the main street of Dannevirke.

A charter will be bestowed to the 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment by the Tararua District Council on Saturday.

"This is a once in a lifetime occasion, as charters are rarely given, and this is the first time that 1st Battalion RNZIR has accepted one in their history," says Mayor Roly Ellis.

The parade will start at the Hub carpark with the battalion accompanied by the Dannevirke Pipe Band, marching from there to High Street.

At the intersection of Gordon Street they will be halted by Senior Constable Wayne Churchouse, who is a Staff Sergeant with 5/7 Battalion RNZIR. He will challenge the commanding officer before allowing the battalion to march on.

Under command of Lieutenant Colonel Jason Dyhrberg, the battalion will then march to the Clock Tower in Ward Street, where the handing over of the charter will take place.

Major General Peter Kelly, chief of the army, and Brigadier Michael Shapland, the land component commander, as well other mayors from the region and local dignitaries are attending.

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