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Army Merger Protests

Silent protests against plans to merge to army regiments will be held in Leicester. The 9th/12th Royal Lancers could join the Queens Royal Lancers under Government proposals to lose 17 units - including 3rd battalion the Mercian Regiment - by 2020.

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Ex-servicemen and families of soldiers begin silent protest in Leicestershire

Ex-serviceman paying his respect in Leicestershire Credit: ITV Central
Ex-servicemen and families of soldiers serving with Leicestershire based 9th/12th royal lancers gather in protest. Credit: ITV Central

Silent protests against plans to merge to army regiments are being held in Leicester today.

The 9th/12th Royal Lancers could join the Queens Royal Lancers under Government proposals to lose 17 units by 2020.

Standing still to remember those serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Remembering their families. Credit: ITV Central
Wreath will be laid at the war memorial in Victoria park in Leicester.

The 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment also faces drastic cuts under the new proposals

The hour-long vigil at the Victoria Park war memorial is part of a national response to cuts in the Army announced at the start of July.

The number of service personnel will fall to 82,000 from 102,000.

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