20 Feb 2020

39 Signal Regiment to march in Freedom Parade on Saturday 22 February 2020

The 39 Signal Regiment will march in a Freedom of the City parade through the centre of Bristol on Saturday morning (22 February).

Road closures will be in effect between 9.30am and noon - with likely affected roads including Baldwin Street, College Green, Colston Avenue, Colston Street, and Park Street - as the Army reserve regiment, based at Horfield, exercise their freedom by way of a parade after being granted the honour in March of last year.

This is an important year for the regiment as the Royal Corps of Signals celebrates its centenary. Up to 200 soldiers will take part in the display which will also include a capability demonstration. The Armed Forces Covenant Outreach vehicle will be in attendance also offering support and guidance to veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jos Clark said: “After granting Freedom of the City, I am very proud to continue the celebration along with this wonderful regiment’s centenary. The Signals have such strong heritage here in Bristol through the Royal Signals Units and the North Somerset Yeomanry before that. I look forward very much to witnessing their display.”

Commanding Officer 39 Signal Regiment Lieutenant, Colonel Vincent Connelly Phd TD, said: “It is a great honour and privilege for the 39 Signal Regiment to exercise the Freedom of the City of Bristol in recognition of our strong local links and in commemoration of the centenary of the Royal Signals.

“39 Signal Regiment has long lineage with Bristol through our predecessor Royal Signals Units based here in the Second World War and very much further back with the North Somerset Yeomanry. We are exercising this honour for the present generation of Signallers and their families who support us so well and for all who have served in the Royal Signals locally and helped maintain our proud links with the city

“As an Army Reserve regiment we have people from all walks of life who live and work within Bristol (as well as from Gloucester, Bath, Cardiff and Windsor) in their day-to-day civilian roles, but who soldier with us on a part time basis.

“We have a professional interest in IT and communications and have fostered strong relationships with a large number of Bristol based hi-tech employers. Looking to the future, we are expanding our role in support of the wider Armed Forces whilst standing ready to provide communications support to Armed Forces units who assist the emergency services during times of local crises such as flooding or other serious incidents.”

Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, Peaches Golding OBE said, “The 39 Signal Regiment is a highly skilled unit providing secure, reliable communications in every possible scenario from humanitarian aid to multinational working. They have been deployed from Afghanistan to Africa and the Falklands to the Balkans. As Reservists, their skills also enrich the companies where they are currently employed."

In 2017, under the Army 2020 Refine change programme, 39 Signal Regiment became part of 1 (UK) Signal Brigade. The Regiment now provides combat communication” and information manoeuvre support to HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) with their VHF and HF capability while still retaining their enduring UK operations mission.

Unusually for an Army Reserve regiment, they retain reservists at high readiness to provide crisis communications for emergencies in the UK which cements their links with local communities