Hundreds of Corby people turned out to cheer the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment, known as The Poachers, when they marched through the town on Monday (July 21).
Granted the Freedom of the Borough in 2012, the 200 soldiers and military bandsmen were given a warm welcome home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Crowds waving Union Jacks lined the streets, applauded and cheered as the parade made its way from West Glebe Park, up Elizabeth Street, along Alexandra Road and George Street to James Ashworth VC Square.
There Corby mayor, Cllr Anthony Dady, welcomed the regiment back from Afghanistan and to the borough.
Praising its professionalism and dedication, he said: “You sought to protect the weak and the innocent and you can be proud of the role you played there. We are immensely proud of your achievements in a difficult situation.
“We salute you and give thanks for your safe return and mourn for the loss of your comrades.”
Brigadier Wild, of the Royal Anglian Regiment, thanked Corby Council and the people of the town for showing their support.
He said: “The town has been a provider of many reliable soldiers. Thank you for inviting us and showing your support. It’s extremely humbling and it is an honour to be here.”
After the General Salute, the parade left the square outside the Cube and residents were entertained by the Corps of Drums.
Cllr Dady hosted a reception for the regiment and guests who included, David Laing, the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Anne Burnett the county’s High Sheriff, borough councillors, representatives of the police force and the Corby branch of the Royal British Legion, Army and Air Force cadets and Kerry Ashworth, mother of Lance Corporal Ashworth who was killed in action in Afghanistan.