Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Mercians Freedom Parade

At least 10,000 people lined the streets of Nottingham to welcome home troops from the Mercian Regiment who have returned from duty in Afghanistan. About 350 soldiers from the regiment's 2nd Battalion marched through the city after returning from a six-month tour. The Battalion lost nine men during their tour of Afghanistan.
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!

Nottingham Evening Post: Foresters march through city
MoD Oracle: Huge Welcome Home for Mercians
MoD Oracle: Abbey Tribute to Fallen Mercians

Crowds also turned out in Worcester to honour the Battalion at their homecoming parade through the city.

Worcester News: Army chief thanks city for its support