More than a hundred soldiers are marching through Grantham to mark their return home from a mission in Cyprus.
150 soldiers from 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC have been involved in Operation TOSCA, part of the UK's contribution to the United Nations' Peacekeeping missing in Cyprus. It is one of the longest running operational commitments and has involved keeping the peace along the "Buffer Zone" that separates the Turkish Forces in the North of the Island and the Greek Cypriot Forces in the South.
Around 300 soldiers, including 46 from 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC, were based in the capital, Nicosia, from October 2011 to March 2012. The 23 Pioneer Regiment RLC battlegroup was responsible for a 33km long section of the Buffer running through the centre of the city. Patrols were carried out by vehicle, on foot and mountain bike to talk to local people.
– Spokesperson for 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC
It is indeed a great privilege to do this and I know that everyone of us on parade will be deeply grateful for the support that the public give us and at the same time, intensely proud that we are *finally home having done a job to the best of our ability. The parade really does mean a lot to us *and we look forward to seeing our families, friends and well-wishes as we march past.