Troops announce homecoming parade through Barnsley

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SOUTH Yorkshire soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan are holding a homecoming parade.

The Light Dragoons, which recruits from across the county, is marching through Barnsley town centre on Tuesday, November 13.

The soldiers will form up on Churchfield and set off at approximately 12.15pm, led by the Band of Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai. About 250 troops supported by military vehicles will make their way along Church Lane and Church Street to the Town Hall for speeches, a presentation and inspection.

Then there will also be a one-minute silence in memory of Sgt Lee Davidson, aged 32, from Thorne, who was killed on the deployment.

The parade will then march down Market Hill, into Queen Street, Cheapside, New Street, Wellington Street and Peel Square.

It will proceed into Queen Street for a second time and march through May Day Green, Eldon Street, Market Hill and Church Street to allow the civic party to take the salute outside the Town Hall.

After being dismissed the troops will attend a private reception hosted by the Mayor, Coun Dorothy Higginbottom.

The Light Dragoons undertook roles including reconnaissance and training Afghan police on their tour, and also raided bomb factories and liberated a Taliban-run prison.