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Soldiers pack York Minister

Thanksgiving service at York Minister Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of soldiers who recently returned from an operational tour of Afghanistan have gathered in York Minster for a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Armed Forces Minister, Andrew Robathan, joined members of the 4th Mechanized Brigade.

Soldiers attended service to remember comrades who died on duty Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York said: “Our Armed Forces are the bravest of the brave and it is a great honour to be able to welcome them home today.'

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Soldiers' remembrance service in York

“The professionalism and bravery of the soldiers and marines of the 4th Mechanized Brigade has been both astonishing and humbling.

"They achieved a huge amount during our tour of duty and I am enormously proud of them.

"It is important for us now to remember our fallen and the wounded as well as to mark our achievements. It is a great privilege for us to be able to do that in the magnificent York Minster.”

– Brigader Bob Bruse
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Families of fallen at remembrance service

The soldiers from 4th Mechanized Brigade, who are attending today's remembrance service, spent the tour helping the Afghan National Security Forces take on the responsibility for Helmand province.

Also at the ceremony at York Minster will be Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Armed Forces Minister, Andrew Robathan MP.

Family members of injured soldiers and the bereaved are expected to attend the service to honour the life and service of their loved ones.

Military representatives from the US, Danish and Estonian Armies will also be present.

Soldiers back from Afghanistan to receive medals

Soldiers in Afghanistan Credit: BFBS

Hundreds of soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire will have their return from a six month tour of Afghanistan honoured today with the presentation of their operational medals.

The troops were deployed to Task Force Helmand between October 2012 and April 2013. The medals will be presented to them by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Soldiers parade through Richmond

Crowds welcome soldiers as they parade through Richmond Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Soldiers of 4th Mechanized Brigade and 204 Signal Squadron are exercising their Freedom of Richmond by marching through the streets of the town. They have been presented with their operational medals in Richmond Castle after returning from Afghanistan.

Soldiers honoured after return from Afghanistan

The soldiers of 4th Mechanized Brigade are being presented with their operational medals at Richmond Castle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The troops from 4th Mechanised Brigade and 204 Signal Squadron have just returned from Afghanistan. They lost 11 soldiers during their tour of Helmand Province.

After being presented with their medals the soldiers will parade through Richmond Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Returning soldiers to receive medals

Troops returning to Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire after a six month tour of Afghanistan will receive operational medals at a ceremony tomorrow.

Eleven soldiers from the Headquarters 4th Mechanized Brigade and 204 Signal Squadron died during the tour in Helmand province.

After the medal presentation at Richmond Castle, the soldiers will march through the streets of Richmond.

Full Report: Catterick soldiers parade through London

Servicemen and women from North Yorkshire's Catterick Garrison have paraded through London after their latest six-month tour of Afghanistan.

The soldiers have spent the time helping the Afghan National Security Forces take on the responsibility for Helmand province.

They were thanked for their work at a special parliamentary reception in London today.

Watch the full report from Paul Brand below.

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