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Sun Shines As Troops March Through Town

Thursday July 18 2013

THE sun shone and hundreds watched as 120 troops marched their way through Barnsley town centre.

The 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s) were accompanied by a military band of 30 musicians and a nine-strong colour party.

Schools, MPs, councillors and members of the public watched proudly as the march made its way through the town centre from 10.30am.

Lieutenant Colonel Zac Stenning, of the Yorkshire Battalion, said: "We issue our heartfelt thanks for the amazing turnout today.

"Without your support and love, these men would not have been as strong as they were last summer in Afghanistan. In that deployment, over 100 of the 600-strong battalion were from this great town."

Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Ken Richardson, said: "This parade is a celebration of long and historic links between Barnsley and the county regiment. It's terrific to see them here. It's important to show our support as they're close to our hearts.

"The Yorkshire Regiment has recruited men from South Yorkshire for 250 years. We're proud of them for displaying the qualities which make this county's regiment of the British Army respected and admired, not just here, but throughout the world.

"On behalf of the people of the borough, I want to say how proud we are of you all."

Did you go down and watch? What did you think? Have your say below. You can see our photo gallery here.

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Reply Posted by craig on Thursday July 18 2013 at 15:17
best thing to come out of barnsley!! welcome home lads

Reply Posted by vixen on Thursday July 18 2013 at 17:43
well done lads xx just disappointed that the only people that could go and watch it appart from the families who i bet wouldnt miss it for the world are the people who dont work for a living why dont they think of the people that do would have been nice if they had done it on a week end. they dont mind shutting the town centre down for the mayors parade so y not try and do it on a day that would have brought alot more people into town about time barnsley had a thought for us that have to work.

Reply Posted by craig on Friday July 19 2013 at 13:05
its only us minoroty that work vixen thats why they arent bothred.