Saturday, 18 July 2009

Thousands cheer the Tigers in Canterbury

Soldiers back from Afghanistan and Iraq were welcomed home on Saturday by a cheering crowd of thousands as they marched through the streets of Canterbury.

More than 200 troops from the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) took part in the eighth and final march in a series of homecoming parades they have taken part in over the past week.

Led by the Regiment's red-coated Kohima Band, the soldiers marched through the cathedral city's cobbled streets as crowds cheered and waved banners and Union flags to welcome them home.

Soldiers from 1 PWRR, known as the Tigers, were the last to serve in Basra having returned at the end of May, whilst another contingent returned from Afghanistan earlier this year.

Private Colin White and Private Daniel Hudson, both 19 and from Canterbury, received operational tour medals in recognition of services in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well done, the Tigers! Well done, Canterbury!

The Telegraph: Soldiers back from Afghanistan and Iraq cheered by thousands