Soldiers who have returned from operations in Afghanistan will take part in a homecoming parade in Knowsley this morning.
The 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS), which recruits from Merseyside, will parade through Huyton today (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.
The parade will move off from the church at 10:45am. The parade will then pass along:
- Lathom Road
- Centre Way
- Derby Road
- Huyton Hey Road
- McGoldrick Park
- Tarbock Road
- Civic Way.
The parade will reach Civic Way at approximately 11:30am. The Mayor of Knowsley and the Lord Lieutenant will then inspect the regiment outside the Huyton Suite 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.”