Homecoming parade through Preston as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations

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Hundreds of families flocked to Preston today to join in the city’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The day of events, including a strong man competition, musical performances and displays from the Street Monkeys, was planned to coincide with the homecoming parade of one of the British Army’s most prestigious armoured regiments.

King's Royal Hussars homecoming parade

King's Royal Hussars homecoming parade

About 150 soldiers of The King’s Royal Hussars (KRH) marched through the city to mark 300 years of its history.

They were joined by The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps.

Lance Corporal Jonathan Eland, 21, a tank operator – responsible for loading the shells – is from Preston and was one of those taking part.

He said: “My family came in to town to see me today and so it‘s been really special. It’s been a really proud day for me.”

Lance Corporal Jonjo Wilding, 24, an armoured ambulance commander, from Lancaster said: “My family are here too and it’s been nice to see them.

“The turn out in Preston today has been wonderful, it’s great to see that we have such good support here at home in Lancashire.”

The KRH was equipped with the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, which was on show in the city, and the tracked Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (CVR) among others.

It has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Kosovo in recent years.

Commanding Officer of the KRH, Lieutenant Colonel Justin Kingsford, said: “This is an important year in our history and it’s great to be able to celebrate it with the people of Preston.

“To parade in the city has been a huge honour, and provided a great opportunity for us to say thank you for all the support we receive from across Lancashire.”