The Mercian Regiment - Welcome Home from Afghanistan

2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) recently returned from a gruelling tour of duty in Afghanistan where they have been suppressing the insurgency in the troubled and dangerous Helmand Province.  It has proved a difficult and demanding task and our troops were constantly under fire resulting in the loss of several of their brave comrades.  The Regiment, like their forbearers The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, have been granted the Freedom of The City of Nottingham and on the morning of Tuesday 4th December 2007, they exercised that honour by marching through the city streets.  The day started with a service at St. Mary's Church to remember the nine soldiers who lost their lives in combat during the tour, and from there the parade marched down High Pavement, Middle Pavement, Low Pavement, Wheeler Gate, and Beastmarket Hill to The Old Market Square where the salute was taken by The Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries. The parade then disbanded in Queen Street and a Civic Reception followed in The Council House as a mark of thanks and appreciation for the brave efforts of these young soldiers. The event was very well supported by the general public and several thousand lined the streets and filled the square to welcome the lads home.

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