It was a proud moment for Doncaster when a company of soliders in ceremonial dress paraded through the streets today having returned from a tour of duty in war torn Afghanistan.
B Battery, 1st Regiment of the Royal Horse Artillery, commenced their march from Sir Nigel Gresley Square following the firing of a 105mm light gun, making their way to Mansion House before returning for an inspection and medal presentation ceremony.
The regiment recently completed their tenth consecutive tour, this latest one being part of Operation Herrick.
Battery Sergeant Major Steven Ingle, aged 38, from Armthorpe, joined the Army in 1996 and has taken part in three tours of Afghanistan, two of Bosnia and one of Kosova.
He said after the parade: “I am feeling very buoyant. It’s gone a lot better than I expected.
“It was a very proud experience. Girls and boys of the regiment that I lead back in my home town, which is great.”
Doncaster MP Ed Miliband said of the event: “I think it’s really important to show respect and be thankful for what our armed forces have been doing in keeping us safe.
“The fact that so many people have turned up is a sign of the huge esteem in which the armed forces are held.
“I am proud to be here on behalf of my constituency.”
The Civic Mayor, Councillor Eddie Dobbs, said: “B Battery regards Doncaster as a strong recruiting town and a number of their ranks hail from the borough. This parade is a great opportunity for local people to show their appreciation of the regiment’s contribution to our freedom and security.”
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said that one man was advised to move on after hurling abuse at the parade, however no arrest was made.