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Norfolk says goodbye to the Light Dragoons

After 15 years serving their country from their home in the heart of Norfolk, the Light Dragoons are preparing to say goodbye to the county for good.

A farewell parade has taken place in Dereham, the town closest to their base at Swanton Morley.

Thousands of people have turned out to greet the troops.



Light Dragoons' homecoming parade

The Light Dragoons will march through Dereham today Credit: ITV Anglia

Soldiers from the Light Dragoons have been granted the freedom of the town of Dereham in Norfolk and will march through the streets later today (Wednesday 5 December).

The regiment, based at the Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, has recently returned from a six-month tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. One of their regiment, Sgt Lee Davidson, was killed during the tour.

Soldier killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from the Light Dragoons, who are based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, Norfolk has been killed in Afghanistan.

He died yesterday (9 september) when the vehicle he was travelling in hit an improvised explosive device. His family have been informed.

"I have the sad duty to inform you that a soldier from The Light Dragoons has died as a result of wounds sustained while on duty in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are extended to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

– Spokesman for UK Forces Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Parry