Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Banton said: "The boys take a huge amount from it. All they crave is recognition for their efforts." Private Jamie Grocock, 25, from Nottingham, said: "It was a great turn-out. It touches you when you hear people clapping. It makes you feel proud. Out there in Afghanistan you don't think you get a lot of respect but coming here shows people appreciate what we are doing."
Well done Mercians! Well done, Nottingham!
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Crowds also turned out in Worcester to honour the Battalion at their homecoming parade through the city.