Thousands of people turned out in Wakefield today to watch the Yorkshire regiment's 3rd Battalion "the Rifles" parade through the city. More than 150 servicemen, cadets and veterans marched through the streets to the Cathedral for an official inspection as Sarah Clark reports.
Hundreds of riflemen exercised their Freedom of Wakefield today when they marched through the city to Wakefield Cathedral with rifles at the trail, bugles sounding and bands playing.
Wakefield is a heartland town for 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES), a light role infantry battalion which is normally based in Edinburgh. with many of the soldiers from the Battalion and their families hailing from the town and other parts of Yorkshire.
They were joined by Territorial Army soldiers from D (Rifles) company, 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers based in Scarborough Barracks in Balby, Doncaster, Army cadets from the Humberside and South Yorkshire Cadet Force and veterans from The Rifles Regimental Association
Troops will parade through Wakefield city centre today.
The regiment's 3rd Battalion The Rifles - granted the Freedom of the City of Wakefield in 2010 - will be exercising their right to do so.
The parade of 200 troops will leave the Elizabethan Gallery on Brook Street Wakefield, leaving at 10.55am and march through the city.
It will arrive at Wakefield Cathedral at 11am where a short service will be held.
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: "It is a great honour to welcome The Rifles to Wakefield where they have the honour of the Freedom of the City.
"The parade is our opportunity to honour and celebrate our British servicemen and women who are serving all over the world on behalf of their country."This occasion is also a time to remember those who have died or have been injured in the line of duty."
Troops from the Yorkshire Regiment are among the first British forces to be equipped with new laser guided guns to help them identify targets more clearly.
The regiment like many others has paid a heavy price in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Now the Government has spent more than £50 million on the new equipment which can pinpoint the enemy half a mile away.
Katie Rowlett joined the troops as they were put through their paces with the high tech kit which for them could mean the difference between life and death.
A team of thirty men and women from Yorkshire have been helping to train Ugandan soldiers in East Africa.
The team led by Reservists of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment spent two weeks working in temperatures of up to 32 degrees celsius.
Their roles varied from testing the Ugandan People’s Defence Force before it crosses into Somalia to run peacekeeping operations, to assessing how the soldiers deal with suicide bombers.
They've also helped to teach 1,900 members of a Ugandan Battlegroup about counter-insurgency techniques.
Most of the Yorkshire team have civilian jobs but have given up their spare time to train and serve as Army soldiers.
The families of the fallen soldiers speak after the verdict. An inquest today ruled that four soldiers from Yorkshire, and two of their comrades, were unlawfully killed.
There have been emotional scenes as the families of six soldiers killed by a Taliban bomb spoke of their heartache at the end of an inquest into their deaths.
The troops - four from West Yorkshire and two from Lancashire - died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last year.
Today an expert said no British Army vehicle in Afghanistan could have withstood such a blast but significant improvements have been made to the fleet of vehicles still being used on the front line. From Oxford Coroner's Court Jon Hill reports.
The coroner at the inquest into the deaths of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan has recorded a narrative verdict - and that all six where unlawfully killed while on active service.
No vehicle used by the British Army at the time that six soldiers were killed when their armoured Warrior vehicle was blown up would have been able to take the blast, an inquest has heard.
Major Douglas Nelson, an expert on the Warrior vehicle, said several improvements have been made to them since the deaths of the six men in March last year, but warned insurgents can always build bigger bombs.
Maj Nelson told the court today that a number of improvements have been made to Warriors following the incident, including thicker armour; the fuel tank; improvements to ways of getting out in an emergency; and better firefighting and detection systems.