Lancers soldiers ‘can’t wait to thank Northampton’ with parade

The 9th/12th Lancers last paraded in Northampton in November 2011
The 9th/12th Lancers last paraded in Northampton in November 2011

A British Army captain has said his regiment will be filled with pride when it exercises its freedom of the borough in Northampton later this month.

The 9th/12th Royal Lancers will march through the streets of the town centre on June 28 for the first time since November 2011.

And Captain Adam Champion said: “We have always prided ourselves on being a family regiment and for us, these homecoming parades are as much a chance to thank our friends and families for their support as it is for our soldiers.

“The parents of a young 19-year-old soldier who has just spent eight months driving an armoured vehicle through Afghanistan will be just as proud to of him parading through the streets of his hometown wearing the medal he’s earned as he will be himself.

“Our last homecoming parades were in late 2011, after our last tour of Afghanistan, and we enjoyed huge levels of support and drew large crowds; we’re hoping and expecting to do the same this year.”

The 9th/12th Royal Lancers are the Midlands’ Cavalry regiment and traditionally recruit from Northampton.

Based in Hohne in Germany, they are currently returning from an eight-month tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where they have been acting as the eyes and ears of the other regiments. The final group is expected to return to Germany next week.