Abingdon's 12 Logistic Support Regiment parade takes place after security review

Princess Anne with 12 Logistic Support Regiment Princess Anne presented 90 Operation Service Medals

About 1,500 people turned out to watch a military parade in Oxfordshire attended by the Princess Royal.

Security measures at the Abingdon event were stepped up following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby by two assailants in south-east London on Wednesday.

Capt Phil Pascoe from 12 Logistic Support Regiment said he hoped the parade would not be overshadowed by the "terrible" events in Woolwich.

It featured 270 troops recently returned from Afghanistan.

Analysis

The bitterly cold winds and drizzle didn't stop people pouring into Abingdon today for the homecoming parade.

The crowds were five to six people deep all the way around the market square - unseasonal scarves and gloves keeping them warm.

Looking above the crowds, people working in the nearby shops and offices were hanging out of every available window to get a view of the Princess Royal and the regiment.

When the troops paraded into market square it was hard not to be moved by the loud eruption of proud cheers and applause.

They are based at Abingdon's Dalton Barracks and have completed their first six-month tour in Helmand province.

'A celebration'

Princess Anne was the guest of honour and presented 90 medals to the assembled squadrons.

Capt Pascoe said: "Obviously our condolences and thoughts go to the family and friends of Drummer Lee Rigby.

"However, today's very much a celebration of the two year's build up, and then the tour in Afghanistan of six months."

Peter Caddick-Adams, from the Defence Academy at Shrivenham, said extra security measures were taken.

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