Monday, 9 July 2012

Homecoming parade for Yorkshire Regiment

Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will be welcomed back to the region with a homecoming parade in Leeds this week.

Returning soldiers from the regiment will start their route at Millennium Square on Thursday 12 July at 2:30pm and march through the city, down the Headrow and Briggate then back up to Civic Hall where the Lord Mayor will take part in the March Past Salute.

The 1st Battalion have recently completed a very successful tour of Afghanistan, known as Operation HERRICK 15 and following a period of well deserved leave and the presentation of medals at their home base in M√ľnster, Germany, they are now spending a week in Yorkshire.

The Lord Mayor will hold a civic reception for the soldiers and extend the city’s pride and thanks for what the soldiers have done.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome back the Yorkshire Regiment to Leeds and show our appreciation for what they have done.

“The city and the region are extremely proud of these men and women and what they have done for their country, and the parade will give the perfect opportunity for the city to show this appreciation.”

Captain Alex Nancolas from the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment said:
“For all the soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment it is great to be back on home soil in Yorkshire. We have been away in Afghanistan for six months, and more for some, and as ever we received huge support from the Yorkshire public. This is just a small way we can thank the people of Leeds, and equally it is a chance for the Yorkshire Regiment soldiers to feel the support of the city.”

Notes to editors:

At 2:30pm the Lord Mayor extends a Civic Welcome and reads out the Scroll
of Admission and then the Parade moves off.
Parade Route:
Portland Crescent
Cookridge Street
The Headrow
Vicar Lane
King Edward Street
The Headrow
Calverley Street

At 3:15pm the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lieutenant and the Senior Officer return to the Civic Hall
steps and take positions for the March Past.
The Parade returns to Millennium Square, where the March Past Salute is taken by the Lord
The Lord Mayor, Deputy Lieutenant and the Senior Officer are invited to inspect a guard.
Following the inspection the Senior Officer will make a presentation to the Lord Mayor and then the parade dismisses.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450