More than 250 soldiers marched through Lichfield in Staffordshire this afternoon, as the city welcomed them back home from Afghanistan.
After today their battalion loses its name as part of regimental changes.
Over 250 soldiers from The Mercian Regiment will march through the centre of Lichfield today to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan.
The parade is the final leg of a homecoming tour.
The troops will also march to The Kings Head, the very pub in which the 3rd Battalion, which was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment, was originally formed in 1705.
The 3rd Battalion is being merged into the 1st and 2nd Battalion.
The Prime Minister has rebuked Tory MP Michael Fabricant after he tweeted about punching a journalist.
Mr Fabricant tweeted about the Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after watching her during a TV debate yesterday, saying: "I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat."
Speaking to LBC radio, David Cameron welcomed Mr Fabricant's subsequent apology, but said the original tweet was "not an acceptable thing to say".
"Michael knows that that is my view and I don't want to see this happen again," he added.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said she did not accept the "apology" issued by Tory MP Mike Fabricant, after he tweeted about punching her in the throat.
Writing on Twitter, she said his comments were a "violent urge" and "unacceptable".
@mike_fabricant the tweet was offensive & your 'apology' useless. Tories like you think people like me should be ayahs or selling you curry
A member of Parliament who tweeted that he would have to "punch" a woman in the mouth has reiterated his apology.
Mike Frabricant's original comments on the matter were criticised as being equivocal.
So just for the avoidance of any doubt: I am v sorry for tweet. It was wrong to joke abt punching + I completely withdraw and apologise.
.Sorry @y_alibhai if you actually thought I would punch you. I actually don't do that sort of thing. But you are utterly infuriating! xx
An MP has apologised after tweeting that he would "punch" a female journalist "in the throat".
In a series of tweets, the MP said he would never seriously threaten anyone with violence.
Just out of dentist. 1 It appears that some people who don't know me think I actually go round punching "in the throat". Not true.
2. If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise
3. I am afraid I know I would get v angry if I had been on the Ch4 debate last night. Glad it was Rod Liddle and not me!
A Tory MP has appeared to tweet about physically assaulting a female journalist by punching her in the throat.
The Twitter account of Mike Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, made the comment in reference to a debate on last night's Channel 4 News on between journalists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Rod Liddle.
I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat
Labour's shadow minister for women immediately condemned the comments as "disgusting".
A 12-year-old boy has been injured in Lichfield this afternoon, after being hit by a car.
Ambulance crews, including the West Midlands Air Ambulance, were called to Main Street in Whittington at 4pm.
On arrival at the scene a 12 year old boy was found on the floor after he had reportedly gone underneath the wheels of the vehicle. The pedestrian was treated at the scene for a potential pelvic injury. The boy was immobilised and given pain relief before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A Critical Care Paramedic from the air ambulance travelled on board the land ambulance with the crew continuing to provide medical treatment to the casualty whilst en route to hospital.
The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed at the scene. She was visibly shaken following the incident but did not require any further hospital treatment.
People have been enjoying stunning views across the Midlands after Lichfield Cathedral reopened its Tower Tours.
Restoration work has been going on since 2010 but people can now climb the Great Central Tower.
The A5127 Birmingham Road in Lichfield is closed in both directions between Knowle Lane and Fosseway / Shortbutts Lane after a lorry hit a railway bridge.
The road is likely to stay closed into this afternoon while recovery work takes place.