Soldiers from the returning Light Dragoons regiment have spoken about how important events like today's homecoming parade are to them and of the privilege at taking part.
During their six-month tour the Light Dragoons carried out nearly two hundred and fifty operations, searched 1700 Afghan compounds and discovered over three tonnes of homemade explosives.
The regiment's six-month tour of Afghanistan - the fourth that it has done since 2006 - was not without sacrifice though, with Sgt Lee Davidson from Doncaster being killed in early September.
"As the Commanding Officer of the Regiment I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. Our soldiers work tirelessly through sweltering heat to set the highest standards in every respect.
It is a great privilege to take part in this homecoming parade and I know that everyone of us will be deeply grateful for the support that the public give and at the same time immensely proud that we are finally home, having done a job to the best of our ability.
The parade really means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing our families, friends and well-wishers as we march through the streets."
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