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Smith brothers bring Christmas cheer to troops

Smith brothers were amongst North West boxers who visited Weeton Barracks Credit: ITV
Serving up Christmas dinner to troops Credit: ITV

Liverpool boxing stars the Smith brothers were amongst a group of North West boxers who have helped bring some festive cheer to local troops.

Liam, Stephen, Paul and Callum helped serve up Christmas dinner to soldiers from 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool. The regiment has a strong tradition of boxing.

Christmas lunch at Weeton Barracks Credit: ITV

Duke of Lancaster's soldiers parade in Burnley

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster Credit: ITV Granada

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will parade through Burnley today to celebrate their return from Afghanistan.

4 hundred and 30 soldiers from the battalion arrived back from Helmand Province last month.

Colonel Chris Owen, Regimental Secretary of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, said:

"As the Infantry Regiment of the North West of England we are immensely proud of the longstanding, close bonds we have with the region's communities.

We are particularly honoured that the 1st Battalion, on its return from Afghanistan, is able to parade through Burnley and say thank you for the tremendous support it received from the town whilst it was away."

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Duke of Lancaster's soldier dies after being wounded in Afghanistan

A soldier from the 1st Batallion The Duke Of Lancaster's regiment has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.

He was injured by enemy action on Monday while serving in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.

He was flown back to the UK but died today while being treated in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"It is my solemn duty to report the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who has died as a result of wounds sustained whilst on duty in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

– Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Chris Boryer

The Ministry of Defence says the soldier's family has been informed.

Soldiers get Diamond Jubilee medals at Fulwood Barracks

Soldiers being given medals to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Soldiers are being given medals to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Credit: Andy Bonner, ITV Granada

Soldiers from right across the North West will be honoured at at Fulwood Barracks in Preston today. Servicemen and women who have been in the forces for five years or more will get the medal.

They are being given medals to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Sergeant Rick Clements, who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, is among those being awarded.

Sgt Rick Clements among service men and women to collect Jubilee medals

Sgt Rick Clements, right, during a parade in Clitheroe Credit: ITV Granada

Duke of Lancaster's Regiment serviceman Sgt Rick Clements will be among those to collect the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal today.

He lost both his legs after a bomb blast in Afghanistan and has recently carried the Olympic Torch.

The medals will be handed out during a parade at his regiment's headquarters at Fulwood Barracks, near Preston.

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