. . . and as most of the foot soldiers appear to be fairly young men, again my guess, a lot of them will have young families that attend the local schools, which is probably why yesterday all the local schools were closed so that the children could watch as their fathers and their friends' fathers paraded through town to be welcomed back from their third tour of duty in Afghanistan and to be awarded the freedom of the town.
The parade was due to start at 10am, so at 9.50 Rog and I walked down to Station Road where the parade was to assemble and start, proceeding along Station Road, into the Market Square, along the High Street and from there to The Minster Church of St. Denys for a service of thanksgiving.
All roads through town were closed off as the townspeople gathered in readiness
These two young ladies were there to wave at their Daddy
At this point I just had to put my camera away and clap, along with everyone else, to show appreciation to these brave boys (for they all look so young to me), it was a very emotional few minutes, and I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. It was a moment to be proud just to be there. Thank you all so much for your bravery, and to your families for standing by you and putting up with the trauma of seeing you sent away to foreign lands to fight battles not of your making. If only the world were a more friendly and loving place so that your services were not required.