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Hundreds turn out for homecoming parade

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:31 GMT on Friday, 19th April, 2013.
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THE homecoming parade of The 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland was a “huge success”, with hundreds of people taking to the streets of Motherwell, on Monday (15th April).

For the first time, soldiers paraded through the town as they returned from a six month tour of operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province; leaving from outside the Territorial Army Centre and finishing outside the council’s civic centre headquatres, to the gaze of hundreds of onlookers.

The soldiers took a salute from the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Mushtaq Ahmad outside Motherwell Police Office before they attend a civic reception in the Concert Hall.

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Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Mushtaq Ahmad, said: "It was an honour to welcome the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment back home to Scotland, and especially to Lanarkshire.

"It is a magnificent occasion for the soldiers themselves, their families and friends and the affection in which they are held by the people of Lanarkshire is evident in the tremendous support they have received on our streets today.

"The Battalion has endured an intense and dangerous six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and it is great to see them back home safely on home soil."

Provost Jim Robertson added: "The parade was a huge success and gave the people of North Lanarkshire the opportunity to show their gratitude for the courage being shown by our armed forces personnel.

"It was a magnificent occasion and I was delighted to see so many people coming out onto the streets to support the troops."

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