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Troops home from Afghanistan will be welcomed back to Stafford

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

The welcoming party from Stafford's 2011 parade

The welcoming party from Stafford's 2011 parade

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Around 250 servicemen and women from the 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment (Staffords) will march through the town centre at 11am, before the salute is taken in Market Square by Stafford Mayor Ray Sutherland.

Councillor Sutherland said: “Our local community have an enormous affection for our brave servicemen and women and have always showed their appreciation in great numbers when they have marched through the town.

“I am sure this parade will be just as well received and I hope people will make time to come out and applaud the ‘Staffords’ and give thanks for their safe return as well as remember those who have lost their lives serving their country.”

The parade through Stafford is Tipping Street, Greengate Street, Market Square, Gaolgate Street, Stafford Street, Broad Street, Chapel Street, Crabbery Street, Market Square, Greengate Street and Tipping Street.

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Following the Stafford parade the regiment will continue their homecoming tour in Wolverhampton.

Major Jim Massey (retd), Regimental Headquarters, The Mercian Regiment, said: “Many of our soldiers have served for eight or in some cases, nine months in Afghanistan, so this has been a long tour.

“We are very proud that the Battalion will be marching through the County Town of Staffordshire and we are all looking forward to the parade.”

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