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Duke of Lancaster's Regiment awarded Freedom of Maryport

Band leads Duke of Lancaster's parade through Maryport Credit: ITV Border

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.

School children line the streets to cheer the troops Credit: ITV Border
Troops march through Maryport Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers on parade in Maryport Credit: ITV Border


Old bus gets new life as mobile barbers

The couple have converted an old school bus into a mobile barbers Credit: ITV Border

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.

Plaque unveiled at respite centre for injured soldiers

Alex Fergusson MSP and RnR founder Jenefer Tobin Credit: ITV News Border

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.


Pictures: Soldiers march through Dumfries

The soldiers marching up Buccleuch Street Credit: ITV News Border

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.

200 soldiers marched through the town Credit: ITV News Border
The regimental mascot joined in with the Parade Credit: ITV News Border
Hundreds of locals lined the streets to welcome the soldiers home Credit: ITV News Border
School children waved their flags at the passing soldiers Credit: ITV News Border
Police lead the procession as the soldiers leave the Whitesands Credit: ITV News Border

Soldiers welcomed home in Dumfries

Soldiers from 1 Scots Credit: ITV News Border

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.

Soldiers welcomed home

Troops marching Credit: ITV News Border

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.

Troops on parade Credit: ITV News Border
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