Hundreds of people lined the streets of Maryport today to see the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through to be awarded the freedom of the town. Paul Crone reports.
Crowds lined the streets of Maryport today as more than a hundred soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through to be awarded the freedom of the town.
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment recruits from across the North West of England including Cumbria and the 1st Battalion is currently based at Catterick in North Yorkshire.
The parade got underway at 11.45am following a private service at St Mary’s Parish Church and gave the people of Maryport the chance to show their appreciation for the regiment that has historic ties with Cumbria going back centuries.
A couple from Carlisle have given up careers in the army to open their own mobile barber shop.
Kate Walby went to meet them in their new studio - a converted old bus.
A pair of former soldiers from Carlisle have given up careers in the army to open their own mobile barber shop.
Joe Thomas, who served in Afghanistan, and his fiancee Alison Storrar have converted an old school bus into a hair studio.
They say chose their new careers to find happiness.
A plaque commemorating the work of a Dumfriesshire rest and recreation charity has been unveiled by Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson.
South West Scotland RnR is based at Carsethorn on the Solway Coast and is run by local villager Jenefer Tobin.
Mrs Tobin runs the charity from her home, where injured soldiers returning from overseas tours are given a much needed week of rest and recreation.
Hundreds of soldiers have benefitted from the services since the charity began in 2009.
Soldiers take part in a number of activities during their stay including water sports, carriage driving, falconry and clay pigeon shooting.
Alex Fergusson MSP said:
"This local charity has become a real success story.
"Jennefer Tobin’s energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and commitment has provided a badly needed facility within which returning soldiers, often mentally and physically scarred, can come and let off steam in a healthy and competitive atmosphere.
“The local voluntary input to this charity is nothing less than phenomenal, as is amply illustrated by the fact that both the magnificent plaque itself, and the plinth on which it is mounted, were made and donated by local craftsmen Edward Layden and Peter Crighton respectively.
Hundreds of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland marched with pride at their homecoming parade in Dumfries today.
The Battalion, known as The Royal Scots Borderers, has just returned from operational duties in Afghanistan.
Andy Burn reports:
Hundreds of soldiers have marched though Dumfries to mark the Homecoming Parade for the local regiment, The Royal Scots Borderers.
The Battalion has just returned from operational duties in Afghanistan.
Around 200 soldiers and musicians from the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland are taking part in a Homecoming Parade in Dumfries.
The parade starts on Hoods Loaning at 11am before the soldiers continue their march on to Shakespeare Street, the Whitesands, Buccleuch Street (where a salute will take place at the Municipal Chambers), Burns Statue, High Street, English Street- finishing back at Hoods Loaning around 11.45pm.
The parade will then be followed by a Civic Reception for The Royal Scots Borderers at the DG One leisure centre.
Two hundred soldiers and musicians will march though Dumfries today to mark the Homecoming Parade for the local regiment, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1 Scots. The Battalion has just returned from operational duties in Afghanistan.
Whitehaven is welcoming home 120 soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan.
They are members of the Duke of Lancaster's regiment, which recruits heavily from Cumbria.
Around a dozen of the soldiers are from the Whitehaven and west Cumbria area.
More than a thousand schoolchildren are lining the route around the town waving union flags.