Hereford & Worcester

Mercian Regiment joins other troops in Worcester parade

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

Soldiers returning from Afghanistan will march through Worcester next month in a homecoming parade.

About 400 troops from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment are due to join other servicemen and women as the city marks Armed Forces Day on 27 June.

Many of the regiment's soldiers are recruited from Worcestershire.

Thousands of people are expected to watch the parade, which will also include members of the Grenadier Guards and Queen's Royal Hussars.

Brigadier Mark Banham, Commander of 143 Brigade, said: "It is really heartening to see the pride with which the city of Worcester is recognising the efforts of these members of our armed forces."

He added that all of the troops involved in the parade had either recently returned from operations or were preparing to deploy.

'Show their appreciation'

Both the Mercian Regiment and the Grenadier Guards have been awarded the freedom of Worcester.

Mayor of Worcester Dr David Tibbutt said the event was an opportunity for local people to show their appreciation to the troops.

The parade on 27 June will start on Quay Street at 11:00 BST, with the mayor receiving the salute outside the Guildhall, before it continues through the city and finishes at Quay Street.

The march is due to be followed by a civic reception at the Guildhall.

People will also be able to meet the troops later at a free event at Worcester Racecourse, which is expected to include displays and live music, as well as National Hunt races.

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