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250 Royal Hussars soldiers get hero's welcome home

Onlookers waved flags at the King’s Royal Hussars march through the streets of Leyland to mark their return from service in Afghanistan. Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds lined the streets of Lancashire to welcome home 250 soldiers from the King's Royal Hussars regiment following their return from duty in Afghanistan.

They were giving a hero's welcome as they returned to Leyland, near Preston, 24 hours ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The King’s Royal Hussars marched through the streets of Leyland to mark their return from service in Afghanistan. Credit: PA Wire

The regiment returned from a six month tour based around Lashkar Gah, the first district in Helmand to transition to Afghan control in 2011.

It recruits from across the North West but is based in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

Lieutenant Colonel Alex Potts, commanding officer, said: "This is a very special weekend for everyone in the Army and so for us to come to Leyland, have this parade and then hold our remembrance service on Sunday here in Lancashire is particularly special."

Lieutenant Colonel Alex Potts, Commanding Officer of The King with the regiment. Credit: PA Wire

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Colin Clark, added: "We are enormously pleased to have the King's Royal Hussars as Honorary Freemen of our borough, and it is a real pleasure and a privilege to welcome them home following their recent tour of duty in Afghanistan."

The regiment was honoured with the Freedom of South Ribble, the borough in which Leyland.