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RAF homecoming parade

Band of the RAF Regiment
Band of the RAF Regiment leading homecoming parade Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Band of the RAF Regiment have lead a homecoming parade at RAF Leeming.

Around 70 personnel from 34 Squadron RAF Regiment are expected to be presented with medals.

Parade gets underway Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Operational Medals are being presented by Air Commodore Bill Gambold Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Families gather for the parade and medals ceremony Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Full Report: Father and son reunited on Afghanistan tour

A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan, and for one family from the region it is a more unusual occasion than usual.

Three of the Townsend family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.

As Sarah Townsend waves goodbye to her son, she will be welcoming home her husband who is returning from his four month tour of duty.

Watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.

Lunchtime Report: Father and son reunited in Afghanistan

A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan and for one family, the tour of duty is more of an emotional occasion than usual.

Three of the family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.

Mother Sarah Townsend is waving goodbye to her son Ben, but will be welcoming home her husband in the next few days.

You can watch the lunchtime report from Claire Montgomery below.

Soldier sure father "will show me all the ropes" in Afghanistan

Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is a communications technician. Along with his colleagues in 2 Squadron, 90 Signals Unit, they're in training for their tour in Afghanistan.

Ben will have extra advice at hand because his dad, Mark, is a Warrant Officer within the same Signals Unit and is already out in Afghanistan. Their paths will cross for a few days before his Dad heads home.

Ben's Squadron leaves next month and after his tour of duty, the Townsends will be reunited before Christmas.

Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is heading out to Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

"There is always a potential threat that something might happen, so if anything was to happen to us, then we always have to know that everyone is trained and your colleagues are at your back.

"It will be good. I am sure he will show me all the ropes when I am out there anyway but it will be nice to see him and catch up. Obviously we have only been in contact on the phone every now and then."

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