The parade is a way of re-echoing links of support with the town. And, while we do this throughout the year, both supporting the town and receiving support from the town, the Freedom of Helston provides a special opportunity to display this relationship to the public; which is particularly poignant on this 60th anniversary

Commander Jason Phillips, RNAS Culdrose

In 1958 the Borough of Helston granted HMS Seahawk the prestigious privilege of The Freedom of Helston; wherein a City or Town allows a Unit 'Freedom to enter with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and Colours flying'.

The Freedom of Helston is a historic honour which dates back to the time when fortress walls were necessary to protect the inhabitants of the Town from the incursions of outlaw bands and the attacks of feudal Lords.

Bodies of armed men were refused entry into the Town unless the citizens were confident that they meant no harm. Therefore, the granting of permission for a formed body of armed men, such as a platoon of Naval personnel, to enter a Town became a mark of the trust and confidence in which that body was held by the citizens of the Town.

To be granted freedom of a Town or City is the greatest honour that can be bestowed upon a Unit within the Armed Forces.

Commander Jason Phillips, Executive Officer Commander of RNAS Culdrose believes that maintaining the tradition is important to ongoing relations between residents of Helston and RNAS Culdrose personnel.

Cdr Phillips said, “We have a very special connection with the town, so it’s nice to show that relationship by seeing our sailors marching freely through Helston. Seeing the interaction with the townsfolk, with local families and children, not just those of service personnel.

"The parade is a way of re-echoing links of support with the town. And, while we do this throughout the year, both supporting the town and receiving support from the town, the Freedom of Helston provides a special opportunity to display this relationship to the public; which is particularly poignant on this 60th anniversary.”

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