Light Dragoons welcome home parade: Troops thank Beccles Tesco customers

PUBLISHED: 18:19 02 December 2012 | UPDATED: 18:28 02 December 2012

Light Dragoons on Afghanistan tour 2012

Light Dragoons on Afghanistan tour 2012


Soldiers from the Light Dragoons haven’t been completely resting on their laurels since their return from Afghanistan.

Soon after their return to Swanton Morley they headed off to the Suffolk town of Beccles to say a special thank you for the support of shoppers at the Tesco superstore.

For the past 10 months a trolley near the checkouts has been constantly filled with goods donated from shoppers and Tesco staff which have been sent out to the troops serving in Afghanistan.

The soldiers rolled up their sleeves and gave a helping hand to shoppers by packing their bags.

The project was organised by Jan Wild with the support of Tesco services manager Janet Smither.

“When we heard that some of our troops hardly get any parcels from home we decided to to something about it,” said Jan.

“So far more than 200 shoe boxes filled with all kinds of goodies have been sent out and we hope to send out many more in the future.”

Sgt Richard Allford, of the Light Dragoons, said: “We just wanted to show our gratitude for the kindness shown by the people who have shopped here and donated goods to the troops.

“It is always a huge boost to know that people back home are still thinking of us and showing their support.”

The troops were later given a tour of Beccles and had lunch at the town’s Royal British Legion Club.

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