Ashbourne people have been out in force to show their support for troops from B Company, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment.
At 1.30pm this afternoon the troops started their freedom march through the town.
Heading out from the Market Place to loud cheers and applause the parade made its way through town before returning to the Ex-Servicemen's club.
The 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment is a light role infantry battalion based at Hollywood Barracks, Northern Ireland.
It will be moving to Dale Barracks, Chester, over the next six months.
Following this it will be deploying on a UN tour of Cyprus.
The regiment recruits many of its soldiers from Derbyshire, and takes the opportunity to allow its soldiers to march through Ashbourne, exercising the freedom that the regiment has been granted.