Brave soldiers will parade in Grantham tomorrow (Saturday)

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SHOW support for our courageous soldiers as they march through Grantham tomorrow (Saturday).

A parade of 150 soldiers from Grantham’s 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC will leave King’s School at 12.15pm, marching south towards and along High Street, going on to salute the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth on the green in St Peter’s Hill.

A service at St Wulfram’s Church will precede the march, which marks the return of the soldiers from Operations Tosca and Herrick. Operation TOSCA is the UK’s contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, while Operation Herrick is operations in Afghanistan.

Two soldiers deployed to Afghanistan as part of 20th Armoured Brigade from October 2011 to April 2012 will join the parade.

The regiment’s commanding oficer Lieutenant Colonel Andy Parry said: “It is indeed a great privilege to do this and I know that every one of us on parade will be deeply grateful for the support that the public give us and at the same time be intensely proud that we are finally home having done a job to the best of our ability.

“The parade really does mean a lot to us and we look forward to seeing our families, friends and well-wishers as we march past.”

The Band of the Brigade of Ghurkhas will accompany the soldiers along the parade route.