Tuesday, 11 December 2007

The Rifles welcomed home in Salisbury

Cheering, flag waving crowds gave a hero's reception to soldiers from 4th Battalion The Rifles - the Lions of Basra - when they marched through Salisbury on Tuesday.
Thousands of people lined the route from the Cathedral Close into the city centre, in what was possibly the biggest welcome home given to troops locally since the end of the Second World War. The troops had been on deployment for six months. Five men were killed during the tour of duty.
Brigadier James Bashall said the march would mean a great deal to the soldiers to see that they were valued by the nation and appreciated.
Well done, The Rifles! Well done, Salisbury

Salisbury Journal: Lions of Basra welcomed home
The Sun: Huge roar for Lions in Wilts
The Wardroom: Thousands Welcome Home 4th Battalion
The Telegraph: We were the kings of Basra