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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.

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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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Hundreds take part in Cumbrian Challenge

Hundreds of people have taken part in the Cumbria Challenge 2013 Credit: ITV

Hundreds of people are taking part in this year's Cumbrian Challenge.

The event features one hundred teams from across the UK who race across the Cumbrian Hills to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded.

One of the groups, Team Glenfiddich, will embark on a 335km race to the South Pole with Prince Harry in November as part of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.

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Army tribute to dead soldier

The Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment has issued a statement following confirmation that missing soldier Josh Thomas has been found dead.

The 18-year-old's body was discovered in the River Medway on Monday. He had been reported missing after a night out in Rochester on April 9.

The regiment said it was devastated at the loss of a bright, young soldier.

"The thoughts of everyone at Chatham Station go out to his family and friends," the statement continued.

Headteacher pays tribute to Carlisle soldier

The head teacher of Trinity School in Carlisle, Alan Mottershead, said Josh Thomas had made a good, warm impression at the school.

Mr Mottershead said:

"He was a good lad and got on well with everybody."

Josh moved to Cumbria from South Wales in September 2010 when he was 15 and stayed for one year to take his GCSEs.

Mr Mottershead said Josh had always said that he wanted to join the Army.

Kent river body confirmed as Carlisle soldier

A body found in a river in Kent has been named as that of Carlisle soldier Josh Thomas.

Police divers found the remains of the 18-year-old in the Medway yesterday afternoon (29th April), following a two week search.

Mr Thomas, who was based at an Army Barracks in Kent, was last seen after a night out in Rochester to celebrate finishing his exams.

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