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Royal Anglian's and their children honoured at medal parade

Troops have been deployed on operations in Afghanistan, Mali, and Bulgaria Photo: ITV News Anglia

Around 200 soldiers from First Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment have been honoured at a special medal parade in London today.

It's the first time all of the so-called Vikings, the 1st Battalion, will be re-united with their comrades and families in one place.

The regiment deployed to Afghanistan with more than 200 officers Credit: ITV News Anglia

The vast majority of soldiers have just done their first tour, either to Mali or Afghanistan, but some have been on as many as four Afghan tours.

Today is about rewarding their efforts during a busy year, and also thanking their families.

The soldiers' children will also be presented with their own medals, as part of the parade.

The Battalion has seen service in Afghanistan since 2002 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Battalion is based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, just south of the River Thames, but it recruits from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire and regularly trains at Stanta near Thetford.

Awards will also be given to soldiers who have performed above and beyond the call of duty Credit: ITV News Anglia

Next week the Vikings will also take part in Freedom parades in St Neots, Norwich and Harlow.