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The parents of soldiers killed in Afghanistan joined cheering crowds today as troops from the Yorkshire Regiment paraded through Huddersfield.
The town and the regiment have been hit hard by the deaths of a number of local soldiers and today townspeople turned out in force, as Jon Hill reports.
Margaret Charlesworth, together with other members of her family and other service families, wore special t-shirts in memory of the six soldiers who killed in a roadside bomb blast Afghanistan in March 2012.
Her son Private Anthony Frampton was 20 when he died alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, Private Daniel Wilford, 21, and Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33. Five of those who died were members of the Yorkshire Regiment.
Mick Wroe is the father of 18 year old Private Thomas Wroe from Meltham near Huddersfield, who was shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman last September.
Mr Wroe was among thousands of people who had gathered to support the parade by the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment through Huddersfield. Thomas was a member of the battalion.
Thousands of people have greeted the 3rd battalion the Yorkshire Regiment as soldiers paraded through Huddersfield exercising their freedom to march through the town.
Huddersfield's service community has suffered heavy losses - three local soldiers were killed last year in an explosion in Afghanistan. Another local soldier Thomas Wroe, was shot by a rogue Afghan policeman last September.
Members of their families joined the crowds as the troops were cheered through the town.
Hundreds of people are expected in Huddersfield to welcome back soldiers from the Third battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment for a Freedom Parade. 120 marching troops will be accompanied through the streets by a marching band and drummers.