Leeds plans welcome home for Yorkshire Regiment
Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will be welcomed back to the region with a homecoming parade in Leeds this week.
Returning soldiers from the regiment will start their route at Millennium Square on Thursday at 2.30pm and march through the city, down the Headrow and Briggate then back up to Leeds Civic Hall where the Lord Mayor will take part in the March Past Salute.
The 1st Battalion has recently completed a successful tour of Afghanistan, known as Operation HERRICK 15 and following a period of leave and the presentation of medals at their home base in Münster, Germany, they are now spending a week in Yorkshire.
The Lord Mayor will hold a civic reception for the soldiers and extend the city’s pride and thanks for what the soldiers have done.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Ann Castle said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome back the Yorkshire Regiment to Leeds and show our appreciation for what they have done.
“The city and the region are extremely proud of these men and women and what they have done for their country, and the parade will give the perfect opportunity for the city to show this appreciation.”
Captain Alex Nancolas from the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment said: “For all the soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment it is great to be back on home soil in Yorkshire.
“We have been away in Afghanistan for six months, and more for some, and as ever we received huge support from the Yorkshire public.
“This is just a small way we can thank the people of Leeds, and equally it is a chance for the Yorkshire Regiment soldiers to feel the support of the city.”
It is hoped people will go along to line the march route to welcome them back home.
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