Thursday 3rd December 10.00am
Worcester Cathedral and Worcester Guildhall
It was a priviledge and pleasure to be asked to witness the homecoming of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment. We arrived at the appointed hour and after a short period, processed to the cathedral. I took my seat and had a perfect view of the service that followed. One of the enduring moments of that day was the sight of hundreds of our brave soldiers, standing still against a background stained glass.
Worcester Guildhall with English flag fluttering in light breeze
Invited guests assemble
and then process to the Cathedral
A very memorable sight
one candle was lit for each of the 5 soldiers of 2nd Battalion, who did not return
for the parade, every viewpoint was full
every inch of pavement covered with feet of every size and shape
hands were claped, cheers sung out
The Right Worshipful The Mayor or Worcester, Cllr Andy Roberts, formally welcomes the troops back to Worcester at a reception in the Guildhall for family, friends and invited guests
and finally, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Mr Michael Brinton presented medals to some of the battalion.
A very moving day and one I was very pleased to witness.
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