Wiltshire

Hundreds watch Wootton Bassett Remembrance parade

Airmen from the Royal Air Force Regiment march during a combined homecoming and remembrance parade along Wootton Bassett High Street on Thursday 11 November
Image caption A planned fly past by a Hercules C-130 was cancelled because of the weather

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of a Wiltshire town to watch a homecoming parade and ceremony of Remembrance.

Some 200 members of 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment marched through Wootton Bassett to the war memorial.

The regiment recently returned from a six-month tour of Afghanistan where it was part of 4 Force Protection Wing

A planned fly-past by a Hercules C-130 had to be cancelled because of bad weather.

Hundreds of family and friends cheered as the servicemen and women marched through heavy rain and high winds.

Flags were lowered at 1100 GMT as wreaths were laid at the war memorial.

Troops were also joined by civic dignitaries and representatives of Wiltshire Constabulary.

The service came days after the death of Senior Aircraftman Scott "Scotty" Hughes, 20, in a boating accident in Cyprus.

He had been due to return to the UK after six months' service in Afghanistan but was struck by a speedboat on 5 November as he swam in the sea and died two days later.

The Mayor of Wootton Bassett, councillor Mary Champion, said: "We were delighted to be able to honour the service that these men and women are giving their country and to remember the fallen.

"We wanted to show our warmest appreciation."

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