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Crowds line streets of Leicester for homecoming parade

200 soldiers have taken part in a homecoming parade through the city of Leicester.

Members of the Royal Lancers are celebrating the end of their tour in Afghanistan. They were given the freedom of the city in 2011 and recruit heavily from the area.

Captain Alasdair Grant said:

It is a great chance for the boys to show off smart uniforms and celebrate coming home in front of most of their families. We recruit from this area. So most of our soldiers are from Leicester, Northampton or Chesterfield. This is a chance for them to swagger with pride around their home city.

A member of the crowd that lined the streets spoke of public pride in the troops, saying:

Just look at them. How proud everyone has got to be of them. What a job they have done for us, for our country. They're brilliant!

Later in the week, they will march through Derby.

Nottingham's tributes to war heroes past and present

1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery parade through Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

The same regiment that fired the first shots of the Great War on 22nd May 1914 today marched through Nottingham to mark their return home from Afghanistan. It marks the end of a decade of military operations for the regiment.

Nottingham hosts homecoming parade Credit: ITV Central

Earlier on the city launched its year of commemorative events to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War.

Guests at the launch of "Great War Trent to Trenches" Credit: ITV Central

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Father who lost his son shows support for troops

Nearly 800 soldiers have marched through Worcester in the latest homecoming parade here in the Midlands.

Service men and women from the Queen's Royal Hussars, the Grenadier Guards and the 2nd Battallion the Mercian Regiment have been taking part.

Thousands of people turned out to show their support including Gary Hemming who's son Luke lost his legs in Afghanistan.

Worcester homecoming parade

More than 250 soldiers will march through Worcester city centre today. Pictures 2009. Credit: ITV Central

More than 250 soldiers will march through Worcester city centre today.

Hundreds of people are expected to support members of The Queen's Royal Hussars and the Grenadier Guards when they parade through streets later.

Marching bands will parade through the streets of Worcester today. Pictures 2009. Credit: ITV Central

The soldiers march will include marching bands and followed by an official reception at the guildhall and a public event at Worcester Racecourse where a charity race in aid of Help For Heroes will take place.

The homecoming parade comes ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

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