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Welcome Home Parade for 4th Battalion, The Rifles.

A welcome home parade in Salisbury for the 4th Battalion, the Rifles took place on a rainy day on Monday 7th December. The battalion recently arrived back at their base in Bulford from deployment in Afghanistan. The regiment has lost 24 servicemen this year.

Four hundred and fifty soldiers were on parade, plus members of the British Legion and the Wiltshire and Royal Berkshire Regiments (Old Comrades). Captain Harry Parker, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan this year presented a painting to the City.
Mayors from Wilton, Amesbury, Warminster and Wootton Bassett attended the proceedings and shops in the city took down their Christmas trees for the day and replaced them with flags.

Our photograph shows members of the battalion on parade in the Market Square prior to an inspection by the Mayor of Salisbury, Bobbie Chettleborough.