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Praise for troops after helping flood victims

Praise for troops after helping flood victims

Published at 12:46pm 10th January 2016.

Soldiers who gave up their Christmas to support flood relief efforts in Yorkshire have been thanked by the Armed Forces Minister.

Penny Mordaunt told troops how proud she was of the work they had done in places such as York, Leeds, Tadcaster, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

She met soldiers from The Royal Lancers and the Light Dragoons who helped to build sandbag defences and evacuate homeowners from flooded properties.

The Minister said: "The main purpose of my visit is to thank everyone here for the tremendous job they did.

"They did a wide range of tasks for isolated communities, for city and town centres, helping evacuate people, shore up flood defences, and provide reassurance in the aftermath of floods.

"They did it amazingly well and the local community has been wonderful in supporting them - making them cups of tea and making them feel welcome.

"It is also to provide a huge thank you to their families. We were very conscious when deploying people that this was over the Christmas period.

"When you have plans with your family, it is always a wrench, but they know that they may be called on to do these things and they didn't hesitate.

"We sometimes forget that, but it's the whole family that serve our country."

Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Mudd, Commanding Officer of The Royal Lancers, added: "It's humbling to see the professionalism of my soldiers, who were away during Christmas, recognised.

"I had the unfortunate task of deciding who should go where and when at very short notice during Christmas.

"At this most difficult time of the year, when the turkey was still digesting, they all, to a man, stepped up to help."