Halifax homecoming parade for our hero soldiers

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A special homecoming parade is being held for the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s) in Halifax on Tuesday, December 4.

Thousands are expected to line the streets to show their support for the troops recently back from a six-month tour of Aghanistan.

And, town centre trader Roger Harvey - a Freeman of the Borough of Calderdale - has written to business colleagues urging them to allow staff time off to greet the troops during the march-past.

“It will be a massive occasion. Halifax is the spiritual home and the resting place of the regimental colours,” he said.

More than 400 soldiers, a military band and mounted police will march from the Shay car park to the Piece Hall for noon. Hundreds of schoolchildren and onlookers will hear inspiring speeches from the Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy and Commanding Officer Colonel Zac Stenning.

At 12.30 pm the battalion will march to Halifax Minster for a homecoming service starting at 1.30 pm.

The service will honour the troops and remember soldiers who have given their lives on behalf of their country during the Afghanistan conflict.

The parade will then make its way to the Shay Stadium for 3 pm for a private reception hosted by Calderdale Council.

Major Bob Heron, of the Regimental Headquarters at Wellesley Park, Halifax, said: “The homecoming parade will be an unforgettable day of joy and great pride.”