Tamworth Parade to Welcome Home Mercian Regiment

Nov 3, 2011 by Tamworth Conservatives

Soldiers from the Mercian Regiment are to get a heroes’ welcome home later this month. The 3rd Battalion from the Mercians, formally the Staffordshire regiment, are to parade through Tamworth town centre at 10.30am  on Tuesday, November 29.

Local people will be able to show their support at the home-coming parade for our soldiers who have been serving in Helmand province.

The assistant regimental secretary, Major (retired) Jim Massey, said: “Families throughout the Midlands and across the Mercian Regiment recruiting area will be celebrating the safe return of the soldiers.

Mercian soldiers have made a real difference to security in Helmand, and Afghanistan as a whole, during their tour, training the Afghan National Army, providing security to various parts of Helmand and supporting ordinary Afghans as they try to live their lives.”

The Mercians have been deployed to Afghanistan four times in the last six years. With the exception of seven specialist soldiers who are attached to other units, everyone from the regiment has now left

C Company was the final sub-unit to arrive back in Germany, touching down on Sunday, October 23. A Company and the rest of the battalion was flown back in the middle of the previous week. B Company, which deployed a month early, has been back home for more than a month and all the soldiers are now on leave.

The regiment will be mourning the loss of 22-year-old Private Gareth Bellingham, from Stoke-on-Trent, who was the sole fatality on the tour.

As well as the parade through Tamworth, there will also be homecoming services through Stoke-on-Trent on November 26, Stafford on November 27, Lichfield on November 28, Burton Upon Trent on November 29, Wolverhampton on November 30 and Walsall on December 1.

There will also be a memorial and thanksgiving service at Lichfield Cathedral on Monday, November 28.

If you would like to know more about the Regiment you can visit the Staffordshire Regiment Museum at Whittington Barracks, for more information about the museum please call them on 01543 434 394.

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