Tyne & Wear

North East-based soldiers receive medals on Afghanistan return

Soldiers based in the north east of England have been awarded operational service medals after returning from Afghanistan.

Officers and soldiers from 35 Battery, 39th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Welsh Gunners), spent six months in Helmand Province before returning last week.

The 70 soldiers were presented with their service medals at a special ceremony at Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland.

For some of the soldiers it was the the third time they have served in the Afghan war.

'A bit stressful'

Friends and families watched the soldiers receive their medals from Brig Nick Clissitt (the Honorary Regimental Colonel).

Lance Bombardier Michael Lloyd said: "I'm proud, it's good to have the kids there seeing what you're doing.

"It was a bit stressful at times, but it becomes part of the job so you have to be professional and crack on."

35 Battery has been providing precision fire support for 3 Commando Brigade in Helmand Province since March.

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