Welcome home parade planned in Dereham for soldiers from Light Dragoons

Members of the Swanton Morley-based Light Dragoons in Afghanistan. They will be taking part in a welcome home parade in December. Picture: Army Members of the Swanton Morley-based Light Dragoons in Afghanistan. They will be taking part in a welcome home parade in December. Picture: Army

Friday, October 26, 2012
6:30 AM

Thousands of people are expected to turn out in Dereham to welcome home soldiers from the Swanton Morley-based Light Dragoons.

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The route of the Light Dragoons welcome home parade in DerehamThe route of the Light Dragoons welcome home parade in Dereham

The troops have spent six months in Afghanistan and as a way to pay tribute to their service, Breckland and Norfolk county councils are joining forces to organise the parade through the town centre on Wednesday December 5.

It will start at 11am and about 350 members of the regiment will march on a route along Norwich Street, Cowper Road, Wellington Road, Market Place and Church Street to a service at St Nicholas’s Church. A flypast is planned by 31 Squadron from RAF Marham.

Later, there will be a reception for the soldiers and VIPs at the Memorial Hall.

Last time the regiment returned, in 2009, an estimated 5,000 people were on the streets to salute the returning soldiers. Posters advertising the parade have been produced and shops and businesses are being asked to display them in their windows. They have pictures on them taken by the servicemen in Afghanistan.

Copies of the posters can be collected from the EDP’s office, Bond House, in High Street, Dereham, between 9am and 1pm, Monday-Friday and also from Breckland Council’s HQ at Elizabeth House, behind Tesco, in Dereham.

A website blog – www.lightdragoonsparade.com – has been set up with full details about the parade, route, car parking and road closures.

Anyone with questions can contact the event team at Breckland Council on 01362 656330 or email communications@breckland.gov.uk

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