Homecoming parade for the troops in Braunton

Village welcomes back 24 Commando Engineer Regiment after its tour in Afghanistan.

THE returning troops of Chivenor’s 24 Commando Engineer Regiment will be granted the Freedom of the Village as part of a homecoming parade through the streets of Braunton on Thursday (October 6.)

Crowds are expected to lines the streets to welcome the troops back from Afghanistan for the afternoon parade, which sets off from Georgeham Cross opposite St Brannock’s Church at 2.45pm.

The ranks will form up opposite the Parish Hall at 3pm where the Parish Council Chairman, councillors and dignitaries will take the salute before the Freedom of the Village is granted.

Accompanied by a military band the troops will then parade along through the Square and the main street to Velator Way, where they will disband.

The parade and ceremony have been organised by Braunton Parish Council together with the regiment. The main road into the village will be closed from 2pm. Medal presentations will be taking place on the base during the morning.

“Braunton has such long connections with the military and it has been supporting them all the time,” said chairman Councillor Marguerite Shapland.

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“This village really feels these troops are our own and we are thankful they are safely home.”

The council has been running a Best dressed Shop Window competition with the theme of welcoming back the troops.

There is also a Welcome back Service tomorrow (Wednesday) in St Brannock’s Parish Church at 6.30pm. The church has been lighting a candle for the troops at every service since they left and praying for their return.

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