Troops set for Burnley parade

Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through the streets of Clitheroe as they receive the Freedom of the Ribble Valley.
Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through the streets of Clitheroe as they receive the Freedom of the Ribble Valley.

Come down and support your troops.

Burnley people are being urged to line the streets and give a heroes’ welcome to soldiers returning home from Afghanistan at a special homecoming parade on Tuesday.

Troops from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment 1 Lancs, who recently returned from Helmand Province, will take part in the event.

The parade will see more than 120 soldiers march through the town centre, led by the Regimental band, setting off from St Peter’s Church at noon. The route will take them through the centre of town to Burnley Town Hall via Hammerton and Hargreaves streets. The troops will meet the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Frank Cant, before a Civic lunch at the Mechanics.

Rolling road closures will be in place throughout Tuesday morning. Manchester Road will be closed to traffic to create a public viewing area outside the town hall. There will also be dedicated viewing areas in St James’s Street for people with mobility problems and in Hargreaves Street for schoolchildren. Bus travel will also face some disruption. Col Chris Owen, regimental secretary of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said: “We are immensely proud of the long-standing, close bonds we have with the region’s communities.”