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Royal Regiment of Fusiliers parade through Rochdale and Bury

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Media captionFusiliers march back home.

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Greater Manchester for two homecoming parades to welcome soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

The First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are back after a six month tour of duty.

Commanding officer Lt Col Jonathan Swift said the reception as the battalion marched through Rochdale and Bury town centres was "rapturous".

The family of Fusilier Lee Rigby of the Second Battalion also attended.

Fusilier Rigby was killed near his army barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, in May.

Col Jonathan Swift said he was "hugely humbled" by the number of well-wishers who turned out to celebrate their return.

The First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were stationed in Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province during their tour.

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