The Cape Town Highlanders will exercise the Regiment’s ‘Right to Freedom of Entry’ into Cape Town on Saturday, 21 April 2012, with a parade that will include the precincts of the Castle of Good Hope, Strand and Adderley Street and the City Hall.
The City of Cape Town’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, will take the salute confirming their right to Freedom of Entry at a ceremony in front of the City Hall. This honour was bestowed on this very active Reserve Force regiment on 10 October 1967 to acknowledge 127 years of continuous, dedicated service to the people of this country.
The ceremony will be attended by members of the diplomatic corps, City Councillors and senior military dignitaries.
The parade will be led by the Regimental Drums and Pipes – well-known for appearances at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. They will be joined by the Regimental Colours and Honour Guard, as well as two companies of troops, with officers and other ranks making up around 250 men and women on parade. A small armoured column will join the route march through town.
On Saturday, 21 April 2012 Darling Street, between Buitenkant Street and Plein Street, will be closed from 08:30 until 13:00 to accommodate the event.
In addition, the following roads will be closed intermittently during the Parade:
- Darling Street, between Plein and Buitenkant Street
- Parade Street, between Caledon and Darling Street
- Corporation Street, between Longmarket and Darling Street
- A soft closure at Corporation and Caledon Street
- Buitenkant Street, between Strand Street and Darling Street
- Darling Street, between Adderley Street and Plein Street
The City apologises for any inconvenience caused by these road closures which have been kept to a minimum and thanks the public for their understanding.