Hundreds are expected to join Shoalhaven residents lining the street of Nowra at this year’s Freedom of Entry event on Friday, 23 November.
Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging residents from around the region to attend the historic event and cheer on Royal Australian Navy personnel as they march through the streets and join them afterwards in a street party celebration in the Nowra CBD.
“We are very excited to have both HMA Ship’s Albatross and Creswell personnel marching for their Freedom of Entry Parade in Nowra and are inviting residents to get come in early and secure a great spot to see the sailors and Royal Australia Band parade from the Showground to Junction Court,” Mayor Amanda Findley said.
“The tradition dates to medieval times when armed bodies were rarely admitted into other cities, with the granting of Freedom of Entry still considered the highest honour a city can bestow on the Navy.
“For Nowra, it is a great opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate with live music, and venues in the CBD staying open later for the event.
“This year marks 70 years of HMAS Albatross calling Nowra home and the Freedom of Entry event will feature a Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset in the Nowra at Junction Court to close the event at 8.35pm, an event not to be missed.”
Other highlights of this community event include:
o Navy Parade Step Off at the Nowra Showground at 6.20pm. HMA Ship’s Albatross and Creswell will march from the Nowra Showground to the Freedom of Entry Challenge point at Rauch Park.
o Freedom of Entry Challenge: NSW Police will stop the parade – requesting the Royal Australia Navy provide proof of the right and privilege to enter Nowra
o The flypast of Naval Helicopters over the Nowra CBD
o From 7 pm the community is invited to join with Royal Australia Navy personnel for a Street Party Celebration in the Nowra CBD! The Street Party Celebration will be held in the intersection of Junction Street and Kinghorne Street in Nowra, which will be closed to traffic. Live music will be provided by the Navy Rock Band with food and drinks available for purchase in the Nowra CBD. Come along and join the party!
o At 8 pm, the Navy Ceremonial Sunset will commence at the intersection of Junction Street and Kinghorne Street. The ceremony is derived from amongst the oldest of naval ceremonies dating back centuries to the age of sail and includes a Beat to Quarters and a military volley salute
For more information, including event times and road closure information – visit shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au