Morpeth prepares to greet it's returning fusiliers

A hundred and fifty service men and women are to march through a Northumberland town centre to celebrate their return from operations in Afghanistan

Photo credit: Jim Gibson Fusiliers on a previous march on their return to Northumberland
Fusiliers on a previous march on their return to Northumberland

A hundred and fifty service men and women are to march through a Northumberland town centre to celebrate their return from operations in Afghanistan.

The First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will parade through Morpeth on Friday at 10am.

The homecoming parade, organised by Northumberland County Council, will mark the end of a seven-month tour of duty.

The soldiers, many of whom come from the North East, have been at Helmand Province.

They were deployed on both operations and mentoring and training for the Afghan army.

Local people are being urged to show their support for the troops by coming along to welcome them home.

Coun Kath Nisbet, civic head at the council, said: “Few of us can properly understand the sacrifices these soldiers make for their country in the line of duty.

“We are particularly proud of our association with the regiment and I hope the local community will turn out in force to welcome the battalion back home and to pay their respects to the soldiers who are serving their country and putting themselves at risk to protect others.”

The parade will start at the Morpeth Court House at 10am with fusiliers marching over the Telford Bridge and onto Stanley Terrace, where the Lidl and old Morrison’s stores are situated.

It will then march onto Manchester Street, proceed down Newgate Street and along Bridge Street, where civic leaders from around the county will be assembled.

The parade will finish at the court house by 10.30am.

Roads in the centre of the town will be closed temporarily while the march is in progress.

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