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North Lanarkshire homecoming parade for 150 soldiers

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:55 GMT on Thursday, 11th April, 2013.
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NORTH Lanarkshire will see its first ever homecoming parade, next week, as over 150 soldiers prepare to parade through Motherwell.

On Monday 15th April, Motherwell will welcome home The 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the first time such time any event has happened.

The soldiers will parade through Lanarkshire as they return from a six month tour of operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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The Parade will leave from outside the Territorial Army Centre at Parkneuk Street at 2pm; it will then proceed through Muir Street, Hope Street, Pollock Street, Merry Street, West Hamilton Street, Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, Airbles Road and arrive at the front of the Civic Centre at 2.30pm.

The soldiers will then take a salute from the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Mushtaq Ahmad outside Motherwell Police Office at 2:30pm before they attend a civic reception with North Lanarkshire Provost and armed forces champion Jim Robertson.

It is estimated that 150 soldiers will participate in the parade.

Provost Robertson said: "This will be a very special occasion and the parade will give an opportunity for people to show their gratitude and respect for the courage being shown by our armed forces.

"I am sure local people will want to recognise their bravery by coming out to welcome them back."

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