Coventry & Warwickshire

Nuneaton troops from 258 Signal Squadron in parade

A squadron of soldiers recently returned from a six-month tour in Afghanistan have taken part in a welcome home parade in Warwickshire.

The 3rd Division and Signal Regiment (258 Signal Squadron), which is based at Bramcote, marched through Nuneaton town centre at 1100 BST.

During the parade, the Freedom of Entry was conferred on the squadron by the borough council.

The squadron began its parade from Dugdale Street.

It headed along Queen's Road into the town centre and stopped outside the town hall at about 1115 BST.

From the town hall, the troops marched around Coton Road roundabout and back into the town centre via Coventry Street, Abbey Street, Stratford Street and back onto Queen's Road.

The Freedom of Entry is a reaffirmation of the freedom which was previously awarded to the squadron when it existed under a different name.

'Fitting end'

Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Neil Phillips, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Nuneaton and Bedworth to take to the streets to show their appreciation for our brave servicemen and women."

Speaking ahead of the parade Maj Jim Knight, from the Royal Signals, said: "The men and women of 258 Signal Squadron are very much looking forward to the opportunity to march through the town of Nuneaton.

"The parade will be a fitting end to our six-month deployment, which has seen troops from the Squadron deployed to Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand province.

"Knowing we have the support of our families and the people of Nuneaton and Bedworth has meant a considerable amount to us whilst we have been deployed on operations this year."

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