Crowds welcome home heroes as soldiers march through Sheffield

The Yorkshire Batallion Parade through the streets of Sheffield
The Yorkshire Batallion Parade through the streets of Sheffield
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Hundreds lined the streets of Sheffield to welcome home heroes from Third Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

Crowds turned out in the searing heat this afternoon to watch the battalion, formerly the Duke of Wellington Regiment, as they exercised their Freedom of the City. The parade, which set off from Barker’s Pool, is one of many being held this week by the troops, who spent last summer battling the heat and danger of Afghanistan.

Capt Mark-Andrew Poots said: “It may be hot out here today, but it doesn’t begin to compare to the temperatures these guys were fighting in this time last year in Southern Afghanistan - wearing full uniform and heavy equipment.

“It’s wonderful for these soldiers to know how much support they have back home and I guarantee, next time they find themselves having to do something difficult in the line of duty, today’s applause will be ringing in their ears and driving them on - it’s very powerful.”

Read The Star tomorrow for full report and photos.