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300 Soldiers Welcomed Home in York

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4:29pm 24th May 2013

Over 300 soldiers who returned from Afghanistan last week marched through the streets of York today as part of their homecoming celebrations.

The soldiers from the 2nd Signal Regiment, accompanied by the Royal Corps of Signals Band marched from York Minster through the City and past the saluting dais at the Mansion House.

The saluting officer on behalf of the people of the City was The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell, accompanied by Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander of 15 North East, Brigade.

The soldiers have been working at several locations within Helmand Province and Kabul providing force protection as well as telecommunications, IT and secure communications to ISAF.

The Commanding Officer of 2 Signal Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Vaudin said of the day “The public support that was on display in the City of York today is testament to the character of the British People and the warmth and respect they have for the Armed Forces.  For 2 Signal Regiment this parade marks the end of a challenging and rewarding tour of Afghanistan; we were all humbled by the overwhelming response from the public to welcome us home.”     

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