Burnley parade for war heroes

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Burnley is set to give a heroes’ welcome to Lancashire troops in a special home-coming parade.

The town will see members of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment march through the streets of Burnley.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the route, which has yet to be announced, in honour of the Army heroes as they arrive back in Britain from a gruelling six-month tour of Afghanistan.

Civic leaders said next month’s parade will be a great day for Burnley and a chance to honour “Our Boys” for serving their country.

Burnley Mayor Coun. Charlie Bullas said: “It is a wonderful thing for the troops and it is a wonderful thing for the town.

“It is great for Burnley that they are going to be marching through our town.

“It is a difficult job and can be difficult for families at home worrying for sons and daughters or mums and dads out there fighting so it is a real honour that Burnley is allowed to hold the homecoming parade.

“It will be a wonderful atmosphere and I’m sure people will be lining the streets like they did for the Queen’s visit and the Olympic torch relay.

“Anything we can do to support the Armed Forces and get behind them is super.”

Tom Norris, of Burnley and Padiham Royal British Legion, said: “It is a great idea. We have not had a parade for a while and it is about time we honoured the regiment in Burnley.

“The town is the ancestral home of the regiment. It will be nice to see lots of lads from Burnley and East Lancashire marching through the town. It will be a proud day. Let’s give them a great reception.”

The homecoming parade will take place on May 21st and details of the route are expected to be announced soon. Homecoming parades will take place in Whitehaven on May 20th and Ashton-under-Lyne on May 22nd.