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Duke of Lancaster Regiment soldiers' Liverpool parade

Second Battalion the Duke of Lancaster Regiment
Image caption Fallen comrades were remembered at a wreath-laying ceremony near St George's Hall

More than 120 soldiers who have returned from service in Afghanistan have been taking part in a homecoming parade in Liverpool.

Members of the Second Battalion the Duke of Lancaster Regiment marched through the city centre to St George's Plateau on Lime Street.

The parade followed a private service of thanksgiving at Liverpool Parish Church, Our Lady and St Nicholas.

A wreath was laid at St George's Gardens to remember fallen comrades.

Cpl Simon Hornby and Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgman, of the battalion and who both came from Liverpool, were killed on duty in Afghanistan during the latest three-year tour.

'Lions of England'

Liverpool's Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Prendergast said: "This parade was the perfect opportunity to welcome home these brave men and women who risk their lives every day to make our world a much safer one.

"It was a chance for us to thank them and let them know their actions have not gone unnoticed - we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude."

Commanding Officer Lt Col Robbie Boyd, said: "Every Lion of England in my battalion is thrilled to be back home in the North West.

"The support the great city of Liverpool gave to us whilst we served in our Cyprus base for three years, and then for over 15 months in Afghanistan in the toughest areas of central Helmand, was incredible.

"I lost two sons of Liverpool whilst providing security for the ordinary people of Afghanistan; Cpl Simon Hornby and Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman, along with four other Lions from the North West."

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