A SPECIAL service will be held in Tewkesbury next week to present the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps with a Freedom of the Borough scroll next week.

The civic reception, being held on Monday, September 17, will see the commanding officer of the ARRC presented with the scroll.

Tewkesbury Borough Council agreed the honour should be presented to the NATO organization for its distinguished service to the country and friendship to the community back in July.

Mayor of Tewkesbury, coun Phil Surman, said: "The ARRC plays a vital role both for the country and in our community so it is a great pleasure to present the Freedom of the Borough to the HQ and Support Battalion of the ARRC."

An extraordinary council meeting will take place at the council offices on Monday, September 17, at 6.30pm followed by a reception at where certificates will be presented to the commanding officers of the HQ and Support Battalions.

ARRC spokesman Major Chris Hyde added: "We are deeply honoured with the Tewkesbury Council's presentation of this award.

"As early as our unit's arrival in the summer of 2010, we have worked hard, both as an organisation and as individuals, to become a dynamic, visible part of this vibrant community.

"Tewkesbury is a terrific place to live and work, and we certainly look forward to continuing to be a part of its distinguished history."