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Back Home and Marching Through York


5:39am 24th May 2013

Over 300 soldiers who returned from Afghanistan last week will march through the streets of York today (24 May 2013) with bands playing to celebrate their homecoming, returning to Imphal Barracks.

The parade begins at 1.00 pm when soldiers from the 2nd Signal Regiment will form up in Duncombe Place, York before marching through the city accompanied by the Royal Corps of Signals Band.

The parade will march along Duncombe Place, Blake Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurrier Gate, Coney Street and past the Mansion House where the military and civic dignitaries will then take the salute as the troops march past. The signallers will then return to Duncombe Place via Blake Street.

Those receiving the salute at Mansion House are The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell and Brigadier Greville Bibby 15 Brigade Commander.

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

Only days before they deployed, 30 soldiers from 2nd Signal Regiment based in Fulford, York, filled and laid thousands of sandbags in Peckitt Street in York city centre in support of the emergency services, local authorities and other agencies.

Another 70 soldiers were requested to assist the flood efforts in Cawood, near Selby where more than 4000 sandbags were filled and laid overnight to support the existing flood defences.

Whilst still on tour, the Regiment received four awards in the BBC Flood Heroes awards – two Gold and two Silver for their role in the massive operation to fight the Autumn floods in North Yorkshire. The Regiment’s Gold awards were for the “Flood Hero for Selby” and it also received the “Team Flood Hero Award”. They received Silver awards for “York Flood Hero” (joint with the people of Acaster Selby) and the “Emergency Services Flood Hero award – Most Helpful Team”.             

2nd Signal Regiment was awarded the Freedom of York following their service to the city and its people during the severe flooding in 2000.

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