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Soldiers in Freedom of City march through York

A military band led the parade through the city centre

Territorial Army soldiers have marched through York to exercise their newly granted Freedom of the City.

More than 100 people turned out to watch the parade of 80 soldiers from Y Squadron, Queen's Own Yeomanry.

The Freedom of York is the highest honour the city can bestow on an individual or organisation.

The Lord Mayor presented the honour before the parade, which was accompanied by a military band and eight light reconnaissance tanks.

Queen's Own Yeomanry is an armoured reconnaissance regiment.

More than 80% of the soldiers involved in Saturday's parade have served on operations in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

Maj Miles Pennett, leader of Y Squadron, said: "We have got 12 guys out there today in Afghanistan and we are thinking about them today and I know they are thinking about us, so it's a great day."

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