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Soldiers given warm welcome in Skipton

Soldiers given warm welcome in Skipton

Published at 6:03am 16th June 2015. (Updated at 10:28am 17th June 2015)

Hundreds of people have turned out in Skipton to see soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment march through town in the annual Freedom Parade.

Troops, including a Regimental Colour Party, two guards of up to 60 and Corps of Drums, were accompanied by the Band of the King's Division.

It was one of several public events being held across the region to celebrate The Yorkshire Regiment's homecoming.

More than 600 members of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment will return home from Cyprus over the summer and will be based at Somme Barracks at Catterick Garrison.

The Freedon Parade started on Otley Street at 1.45pm, then headed up the High Street, around the Cenotaph and stopped outside the Town Hall for inspection and speeches.

Soldiers then marched down the High Street, along part of Keighley Road, Swadford Street, Coach Street, Water Street, Mill Bridge and back to the High Street.

They took the salute at Skipton Town Hall before going back down the High Street and onto Otley Street where the procession ended.

Councillor Chris Moorby, Vice-Chairman of Craven District Council, said: "This is a great occasion for Craven District. The people of Craven have enormous pride in our armed services and we have particular affection for The Yorkshire Regiment."

Addressing the parade, he said: "Thank you to all the troops here today - we're grateful that you have taken the time to come to Craven. You play an important role in helping to preserve what many of us hold dear. There will always be a warm welcome for you here in Craven."

Colonel Stephen Padgett said many of the troops had served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last few years.

He added: "It's always a comfort to know that we have the support of the people of the UK, of the great county of Yorkshire, and especially of course, of the people of Craven District."

The Colonel also presented Councillor Moorby with a gift of a silver representation of The Yorkshire Regiment cap badge.

Brigadier John Wardle, Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, said: "It's a great privilege for all of us to be here. We are very much in awe of what you all do for us and Skipton is one of those towns that really appreciates the military.

"Whenever I come over here, whether it be for Armed Forces Day or Remembrance Sunday, I can always be certain that the townspeople of this wonderful place will turn out in strength to show their appreciation for the armed forces."