Homecoming parade for 21st Signal Regiment held in Bath

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Soldiers from the 21st Signal Regiment have marched through the streets of Bath after finishing their last tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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The regiment has spent the past seven-and-a-half months deployed throughout Afghanistan supporting British forces by providing communication networks and services.

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21st Signal Regiment was given the freedom of the city three years ago so after the service in Bath Abbey it was time to exercise its right to march through the streets.

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Crowds made up of families, locals and tourists lined the streets to welcome them home.

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The regiment's commanding officer, Lt Col Adam Corkery, said the parade marked its homecoming in both a public and private way.

"Our families and friends join us for a special day with the themes of thanksgiving for a safe return and recognition and celebration of the regiment's effective contribution to operations in support of a better and more secure future for Afghanistan," he said.

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Following the parade the men and women of 21st Signal Regiment returned to Azimghur Barracks, Colerne.

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There they were given their Afghanistan Operational Medals by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Cherry Beath.

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