Crowds welcome soldiers back

pictured at Chesterfield Town Centre, for the Royal Lancers Chesterfield Parade, on their return from Afghanistan.
pictured at Chesterfield Town Centre, for the Royal Lancers Chesterfield Parade, on their return from Afghanistan.
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HUNDREDS of people lined a town’s streets to welcome brave soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

Chesterfield came to a standstill as around 200 members of the 9/12th Royal Lancers marched across the town, accompanied by The Light Cavalry Band and watched by supporters.

The Lancers have just returned from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and paraded prior to their return to their home base of Hohne, Germany.

Soldiers ended the procession by taking a salute at Chesterfield Town Hall, where they presented a ceremonial lance to the Town Hall. The lance will go on display in the Town Hall.

Mayor of Chesterfield, Coun Peter Barr, speaking afterwards, said: “It was a tremendous turnout, probably one of the biggest I have seen for anything in town.

“All the families of the soldiers were very proud to see their relatives on parade after coming back from Afghanistan, after six months in arduous conditions, it was quite an emotional day.”

Crowds cheered, school children waved flags, shop workers stood outside their shops and families waved their banners at the parade.

Captain Sam Tripuraneni, of the Lancers, said: “Our homecoming parades are a fitting finale to the end of our tour and we thank Chesterfield and our local communities for their unwavering support.

“Many of our soldiers have said that the homecoming parades we have conducted over the past week have been the best thing they have every done.”