Heroic soldiers from Lancashire have spoken of their joy after returning home from Afghanistan for what is set to be the final time.
Troops from the North West’s Infantry, The 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) are back on home soil at Weeton Barracks following a six month tour in Nad-e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The number of soldiers, along with their equipment and supplies, is being scaled down in the country after 12 years, in a move which will culminate in the removal of all British forces in 2014.
Among those at the barracks yesterday was Sgt Warren Fletcher from Preston, with colleagues from the Fylde and Blackpool.
The regiment has worked with the Afghanistan National Army and police force to remove Taliban control, pushing them back across a bordering canal, and pulling out to leave the protection of Nad-e Ali in their hands.
Lt Col Neil Unsworth, commanding officer of 2 LANCS, added: “It’s a great relief to be back with everyone in one piece.
“That’s what I always hoped for but didn’t expect.
“I’m very proud of what the guys have done.”