Line streets for soldiers’ parade

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CHESTERFIELD folk are invited to show their support to soldiers parading through the town to mark their return from Afghanistan.

Around 200 recruits from The 9/12th Royal Lancers will march from Rose Hill at 11am on Monday November 28 accompanied by The Light Cavalry Band.

Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Peter Barr said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the soldiers to Chesterfield and to officially thank them for their dedication and bravery in facing some harsh conditions in Afghanistan over the past six months. 

“They are a true inspiration and we are indebted to each and every one of them for the professional service they deliver in the line of duty.”

The Lancers are based in Bergen-Hohne, northern Germany, and recruit from across Derbyshire.

Their route on Monday will see the soldiers march along Rose Hill to Soresby Street and along the Market Street, High Street into Burlington Street.

It will then continue along Rykneld Square to Steeplegate and Vicar Lane and along Low Pavement to Market Street, up Glumangate returning along Rose Hill to take the salute at the Town Hall.

Commanding officer Lt Col Will Fooks said: “This is a very great honour for us, it reflects the long standing connection between the regiment and Chesterfield, but also the people of Chesterfield’s genuine acknowledgement of what the regiment has achieved in the service of the country.

“The soldiers of this regiment make many sacrifices to fulfil their role; some have even given their lives.

“The recognition of this by those at home and more importantly their unstinting support make their sacrifice and efforts worthwhile.

“It has been a tough but rewarding six-month tour in Afghanistan this year for the regiment.

“Every Lancer has shown real determination and fortitude in the face of considerable challenges.

“We are all looking forward to the homecoming parade in Chesterfield and marching through the town. We are extremely grateful to the people of Chesterfield for their support.”