Soldiers star at exhibition

Lancer Soldiers back in Chesterfield for an Armed Forces Display. Also photographe dare pupils from Mary Swanwick Primary School, Old Whittington.
Lancer Soldiers back in Chesterfield for an Armed Forces Display. Also photographe dare pupils from Mary Swanwick Primary School, Old Whittington.

SOLDIERS clad in cavalry uniform wowed crowds attending a special armed forces exhibition.

And four men from 9th/12th Royal Lancers thrilled Mary Swanwick Primary School youngsters visiting the display - at Eastwood Hall in Chesterfield - with an inpromptu march.

They had flown in from Germany to welcome veterans and, inside, show residents the kit they wore as well as the work comrades were doing overseas.

For Cpl Ricky Pincott, 25, it was a return home as he is from Hollingwood.

“It’s good just to let the local town know what the Lancers are doing out there,” Cpl Pincott said.

“There are boys that are doing a good job out in Afghanistan, when they get back later this year they’re going to have a big parade.”

Soldiers also sent out a greeting to their families and regiment colleagues.

The exhibition last Wednesday followed a special flag raising at the town hall to kick off Armed Forces Week.

Inside the hall throngs could see various displays, including one from The Royal Marines Association which included fascinating details of Willinge Billinge, a war hero who apparently died at the age of 112.

Ellen Sweet, 78, of Tapton was a visitor with the Afghan Shoebox Appeal. She is one of those writing Christmas cards for soldiers serving bravely abroad.

“There are a few who don’t get much at Christmas and the letters we get back make me just sit and cry because they are so grateful.

Proudly wearing a badge urging people to support the troops, she added: “I pray for our soldiers every night and for families who have lost someone.”

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ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.