CROWDS clapped and cheered in Chester city centre to give the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards a warm welcome home.
Streets were lined with hundreds of spectators as about 200 troops marched through the city in the homecoming parade following their tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Among those watching on was Lance Corporal Phil Meadows, of Blacon, who lost his leg while in Afghanistan. He gave a rousing reception to the regiment as troops passed by Chester Cathedral.
The soldiers marched past a saluting dais in St Werburgh Street, where the Mayor of Chester and the Duke of Westminster took the salute.
One of the soldiers in the homecoming parade was Trooper Calon James, 21, of Lache.
He said of his tour: “It was my first one and it was interesting, a new experience.
“I was in good hands, the other soldiers are great people to work with.”
Tpr James added on his return to UK soil: “It was really good to see friends and family again – the weather is not so great, but you can start winding down again.
“There is a good atmosphere on these marches. Everyone is supporting us, which is nice to see. It’s what everyone needs right now given recent events.”
Chester Town Hall also had attractions from an armoured fighting vehicle children could hop aboard on, to a showcase of military weapons.