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Soldiers from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards march in Swansea

By PaulTurner555  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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SOLDIERS returning from the frontline in Afghanistan are marching in Swansea this lunchtime.

Troops from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards set off from the city's Guildhall following their challenging tour of Helmand Province.

They were parading through St Helen's Road, Oxford Street and Princess Way on their way to the LC for about 12.45pm. A formal salute was taking place en-route in Castle Square.

And as part of the parade, Swansea's Lord Mayor, Councillor Dennis James, and Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, D.Byron Lewis, were on hand to inspect the soldiers at noon in South Road outside the Guildhall before they left.

The soldiers from The Prince of Wales's Company were involved in training and mentoring the Afghan Police Force.

Councillor James said: "I'd urge the people of Swansea to line the route and give the soldiers the warm welcome home they so thoroughly deserve."

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 17 2013, 6:40PM

    23916163 it doesn't make any economical sense for them to be based in London. Austerity my foot!

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  • 23916163  |  January 17 2013, 5:57PM

    Neathboy234 There are no barracks in Wales, they are all training areas or territoral units. The only useable barracks is just outside Chepstow in ENGLAND. In any case, what has money got to do with saying thank you to our young Welsh Warriors, well done boys !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 23916163  |  January 17 2013, 5:53PM

    Neathboy234 There are no army barracks in Wales that are in use, the nearest USEABLE barracks is Beachly ( outside Chepstow ), the others are army training areas. What has money got to do with saying a huge thank you to our young welsh warriors.

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  • lordcharles  |  January 17 2013, 5:14PM

    Councillor James said: "I'd urge the people of Swansea to line the route and give the soldiers the warm welcome home they so thoroughly deserve." Maybe if we had more notice we could do line the route. Why isn't there more publicity for this type of event?

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 17 2013, 1:17PM

    Why are these soldiers based in Hounslow, West London. Shouldn't they be based here in Wales. I'd imagine it is far more expensive for them to be based in London than here, little wonder the army is skint all the time. And how much does it cost to march all over Swansea today, and they did the same in Carmarthen this week as well. And i thought we lived in a time of austerity, where our armed services are concerned it would seem not.

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