Nottingham

Queen's Royal Lancers march through Nottingham

Queen's Royal Lancers in Nottingham
Image caption The Lancers gathered in front of St Mary's Church in Nottingham's Lace Market before the march
Standards bearers
Image caption Standard bearers led the troops as they marched to the Market Square
Crowds cheer Royal Lancers
Image caption Hundreds of people waved flags and cheered as the soldiers marched through Nottingham
Military band
Image caption A military band played in the Market Square before an official reception at the Council House
Sarah Lewin and her brother Staff Sgt Carl Lewin
Image caption Sarah Lewin greeted her brother Staff Sgt Carl Lewin after he marched into Market Square
Queen's Royal Lancers in Nottingham
Image caption The soldiers are returning to England after a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan

Two hundred soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers have marched through Nottingham to mark their return from a tour of Afghanistan.

The Regiment recruits many of its soldiers from the Nottingham area and has the freedom of the city.

Hundreds of people lined the parade route from St Mary's Church to Old Market Square.

A civic reception was held for the troops after the march at the city's Council House.

Afghan raids

Nottingham's mayor Merlita Bryan said: "This was our opportunity to show them how proud we are of their bravery and hard work in Afghanistan.

"It is hard to put into words the pride we have for our Armed Forces but the cheering of a crowd can say it much better than I can."

Some people on the streets cried out "well done lads" as the troops marched past toward Nottingham's main square.

The Royal Lancers served in Afghanistan as part of Task Force Helmand where they carried out reconnaissance duties and also trained members of the Afghan army and police.

During the latest tour of duty, the regiment recovered 152 weapons caches and nearly 4,000kg of explosives.

The regiment also helped seize a total of 5,400kg (11,900lbs) of narcotics during their six-month tour.

Commanding Officer Lt Col Jules Buczacki said the Lancers had not suffered any fatalities during the tour, but a number of soldiers had been seriously injured.

The annual Armed Forces Day is being held in Nottingham on 29 June with a parade from Nottingham Castle to the Old Market Square.

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