Knowsley Hosts Army Homecoming Parade

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

cenotaph_huyton(Press release: Knowsley Council)

Soldiers who have returned from operations in Afghanistan will take part in a homecoming parade in Knowsley next month.

The 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS), which recruits from Merseyside, will parade through Huyton on Tuesday 3 December 2013.

The celebrations will begin with a service at St Michael’s Church on Bluebell Lane before the parade and conclude with a review of the regiment at the cenotaph on Civic Way.

Knowsley Council awarded its highest accolade, the Freedom of the Borough, to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in 2009. The prestigious honour was conferred in recognition of the regiment’s service to the borough.

The Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Brian O’Hare, said: “We are delighted and honoured that the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will parade through Knowsley following the soldiers’ return from Afghanistan.

“We are proud of our close links with the regiment and this parade is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Knowsley to show our appreciation for the dedication and sacrifices they make on our behalf.”

Col (Retd) Chris Owen, Regimental Secretary of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said: “As the Infantry Regiment of the North West of England we are immensely proud of the longstanding, close bonds we have with the region’s communities.

“We are particularly honoured that the 2nd Battalion, on its return from Afghanistan, is able to parade through Huyton in Knowsley and say thank you for the tremendous support its soldiers received from the borough whilst they were away.”

Note – for security reasons the exact parade route and timings cannot be made public until the day, 0001hrs, Tuesday December 3.

Image: Huyton with Roby War Memorial
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