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Wootton Bassett To Be Made A Royal Town

Wootton Bassett, which has hosted the repatriation of dozens of UK troops killed in Afghanistan, is to be officially renamed Royal Wootton Bassett.

David Cameron announced at Prime Minister’s Questions that the Queen had decided to single out the Wiltshire town for the rare honour.

Wootton Bassett has seen more than 150 repatriations since 2007, although it will cease to do so after September.

Mr Cameron said: “I recently made a recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen, and I am very pleased today to announce, that Her Majesty has agreed to confer the title ‘Royal’ upon the town, as an enduring symbol of the nation’s admiration and gratitude.

“The town will become Royal Wootton Bassett later this year.”

He also thanked the people of the town for “their deeply moving and dignified demonstrations of respect and mourning”.

The mayor of Wootton Bassett, Mary Champion, said: “This is a great honour for our community as the repatriations move away from Wootton Bassett.

“Whilst we have never sought recognition for our simple act of respect, I am certain that this will serve to reinforce the pride and gratitude we feel for the members of our Armed Services, who will always be in our thoughts.”

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Heroes, Returning Dead, uk, Wootton Bassett | Leave a comment