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Mayor: Let's cheer on our soldiers

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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PEOPLE are being urged to show their support on the streets of Swansea when soldiers returning from Afghanistan march in the city.

Troops from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh will be marching as part of their homecoming parade through the centre of Swansea next Tuesday.

It will be an historic day for the city as the Armed Forces Community Covenant will be signed pledging that the local authority, its partners and the wider community will offer recognition, consideration and support to the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Soldiers from the regiment will also pause to remember their fallen comrades, including former Swans apprentice Captain Stephen Healey, 29, and Corporal Michael Thacker, 27, who died during a tour of Helmand Province.

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Dennis James, Lord Mayor of Swansea, said: "This will be an historic day for the city when its links with the armed forces will be celebrated and sealed in the new covenant.

"I urge the people of Swansea to line the parade route on Tuesday to give the soldiers the welcome home from Afghanistan they so thoroughly deserve."

The parade gets under way at noon at the LC and will finish at the city's Brangwyn Hall following a parade through the city centre.

A salute will be taken by Lord Lieutenant Byron Lewis and the Lord Mayor on Oxford Street just after noon.

The soldiers will march down Oxford Street to West Way, where they will turn right and then go down St Helen's Road.

They will be lining up outside the Brangwyn Hall in South Road for inspection before falling out at Frances Street and returning to the Brangwyn Hall for refreshments. And at around 3pm Swansea's Armed Forces Community Covenant will be signed.

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