The Smith brothers Paul, Callum, Liam and Stephen have served up an incredible 15 victories in the boxing ring this year. Well now they've been dishing up another treat for more than 400 soldiers in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - Mike Hall reports from Weeton Barracks in Preston.
Liverpool's Smith brothers were amongst a group of North West boxers who helped serve up Christmas dinner to troops from 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool.
Stephen says it was a great experience.
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.
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."
Soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment are heading to Afghanistan for their latest tour.
A hundred soldiers from the 2nd Battalion packed up at their barracks at Weeton near Blackpool. Daniel Hewitt went to see them before they left.
Troops from one of the region's main army regiments deploy to Afghanistan today. Four hundred soldiers from the 2nd and 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment leave their base near Blackpool for a six month tour of Helmand Province.
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.
– Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Chris Boryer
"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.”
The Ministry of Defence says the soldier's family has been informed.
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.
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.
Around 160 soldiers from across the North West will collect medals marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee today.
Service men and women who have been in the forces for five or more years will be given the award.
A parade is being held at Fulwood Barracks in Preston.