York & North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Regiment parade in York to mark Afghan return

Soldiers on parade in York
Image caption The soldiers are marking their return from a six-month tour in Afghanistan.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment have paraded through York to mark their homecoming from Afghanistan.

It was the latest in a series of parades around the region with marches already being held in Leeds, Bradford and East Yorkshire.

York mayor Keith Hyman said it was a celebration of their service.

Earlier this month the government announced the regiment's 2nd Battalion would be lost as part of defence cuts.

The Yorkshire Regiment currently consists of three full-time battalions.

The cuts mean the 2nd Battalion, formerly the Green Howards, will be absorbed into the rest of regiment in autumn 2013.

In March, five soldiers from 3 Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, were killed when a bomb exploded under their vehicle in Helmand province.

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