VIDEO: Troops proudly parade through Sheffield for homecoming

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Crowds of people applauded troops as they paraded through Sheffield today to mark their homecoming from Afghanistan.

Hundreds lined the streets of the city centre as around 200 servicemen and women from the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, as well as the King’s Troop, left Devonshire Green at 12.15pm.

Royal Horse Artillery

Royal Horse Artillery

The start of the parade was signalled by the firing of a light field gun and the soldiers continued on to Barker’s Pool, where The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, and Lord Mayor, Vickie Priestley, reviewed the troops and presented medals.

The parade - to be repeated in Doncaster on Friday - also marked the regiment’s participation in a decade of military operations.

Mum Carol Dolling and daughter Katie, of Ecclesall, were moved to tears by the event.

Carol, aged 56, said: “We saw it in the paper and wanted to come and support the troops - we feel like we should.

“They do such a good job in very difficult circumstances.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Vickie Priestley also paid tribute to the sacrifices made by soldiers in her speech outside Sheffield City Hall.

She said: “As the Lord Mayor I speak for the citizens of Sheffield and I say how proud and happy we are to recognise the eminent service rendered by you to the nation.”

See tomorrow’s Star for more pictures and three pages of coverage.