CHESHIRE soldiers have thanked the public for their kindness in donating Christmas gifts to troops who were serving their country in Iraq while we tucked into our turkey.
Regimental Sergeant Major Vince Gough felt guilty having last year publicly criticised the British people for not getting behind their troops only for 1 Mercian (Cheshire) to be inundated with gifts.
Sgt Maj Gough said: “Last time I served in Iraq I believed that the British public were not as supportive as they could have been for the soldiers.
“However, that was a summer tour. I spent this Christmas over in Iraq and I was overwhelmed and humbled by the number of gift boxes that people from Cheshire and the rest of the country sent out to our troops.
“Every soldier within the battalion received at least two gift boxes each from a number of people back home. I therefore felt obliged to say how much it was appreciated by anyone here and wish to thank everyone for their continued support.
His colleague Captain Richard Quellyn-Roberts works as US liaison officer but also as Press officer for the army.
He said: “It really was quite overwhelming how many gifts there were for everyone. All the soldiers were flattered by the generosity of those back in the UK. I just felt sorry for Santa - I hope he was paid double time!”