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4th Battalion, The Rifles Homecoming Parade

Salisbury resident’s had the chance to honour service personnel today when soldiers from 4 RIFLES  marched through the city this morning (Monday December 9th) after their return from Afghanistan.   

Based at Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp, the 4th battalion the Rifles conducted the role of Brigade Advisory Group while on Operation Herrick 18 serving under 1 Mechanized Brigade during the 6 month deployment.     

The Rifles, who have the freedom of the city, left the Cathedral close at 11.20am and marched down  the High Street, Silver Street, Minster Street and into Blue Boar Row, before the battalion formed up on the Market Square, ten minutes later. There, local soldiers were presented with medals.    

The first parade was in quick time, on the second parade the soldiers marched in double time and headed past the Guildhall into Brown Street, Milford Street, New Canal and back into the High Street before finishing at the Cathedral Close.    

On their return to barracks, they received a visit from its Royal Colonel, The Duchess of Cornwall, and for family parties.    

Our photograph shows the soldiers forming up for the parade in front of the museum.