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Homecoming parade in Burnley for returning soldiers

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through Burnley
Image caption The 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marks its return from Afghanistan by marching through Burnley
A girl hugs a soldier from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Image caption Thousands of well-wishers turned out to celebrate the homecoming
Mayor of Burnley councillor Frank Cant inspecting the troops outside the town hall
Image caption Mayor of Burnley councillor Frank Cant inspected the troops outside Burnley Town Hall

Thousands of well-wishers have lined the streets of Burnley to celebrate the return of soldiers from a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

More than 120 soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through the town.

Servicemen and women from the regiment served in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

Kingsman David Shaw, 23, from Barrow, died of his injuries after being shot at a checkpoint in the capital.

The homecoming event started with a service at St Peter's Church before a brass band led the servicemen and women through Burnley town centre.

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