Friday, 22 May 2009

Chepstow's big welcome for 1Rifles

5,000 people lined the streets of Chepstow, South Wales to welcome home 400 soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Rifles, back from their recent six month tour in Afghanistan - a tour in which eight of their comrades lost their lives.

Commanding officer Lt Col Joe Cavanagh said:: "It was quite an emotional march with the sound of the crowd cheering. It was a wonderful occasion but it was obviously tinged with sadness because of the eight soldiers we have lost."

The mayor of Chepstow Henry Ashby said the cheers during the march could be heard for miles. "It was absolutely amazing," he said. "I think the whole of the town turned out."
Well done, 1 Rifles! Well done, Chepstow!