Hereford & Worcester

'Brave' Worcester soldiers to receive medals in parade

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment
Image caption About 400 troops from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment will join the march

Seven soldiers from Worcester will receive service medals as part of an armed forces march through the city.

Nearly 800 soldiers are expected to take part in the homecoming and freedom parade on 27 June.

The Royal British Legion will join The Mercian Regiment and the Queen's Royal Hussars who have recently returned from Afghanistan.

Members of the Grenadier Guards, whose 1st Battalion is currently deployed overseas, will also join the march.

'Welcome home'

The parade is expected to begin at 11:00 BST on Quay Street and passes by Guildhall where a salute will be taken.

Worcester City Council said a reception would then be held in the Guildhall where six soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Mercians would be presented with medals in recognition of their recent tour of duty in Afghanistan and a member of the Hussars would also receive a long service medal.

Councillor Roger Berry said the event would give Worcester people the chance to show their appreciation for the armed forces and "welcome home our brave local soldiers".

The event is being held ahead of Armed Forces Day on 30 June.

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