Troops will be welcomed back to Sheffield next week after their tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Chestnut Troop, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, already has the Freedom of the City and was keen to parade through the city next week (22 January) following its return from Helmand Province. It will be joined in the parade by the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Band of the Royal Artillery.

The start of the parade will be signalled by the firing of a light field gun at 12.15 pm on Devonshire Green before the soldiers proceed along Division Street.

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, and Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Vickie Priestley, will review the troops and present their medals outside City Hall in Barkers Pool at around 1.00 pm.

The Lord Mayor said:

“It’s wonderful to be able to welcome the troops back and I know that the people of Sheffield will give a special ‘heroes welcome’ to them all following their highly demanding tour of duty in Helmand Province.

The Regiment’s visit is particularly significant this year as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1, when the Regiment was actively involved from the outset. The members of the Regiment have a long and distinguished history of protecting the country and I am sure they will receive a really warm welcome from the people of Sheffield.”

The parade with over 250 soldiers will leave Devonshire Green at 12.15 pm and proceed along Division Street to Barkers Pool. It will then leave along Fargate, High Street and Arundel Gate to fall out in Tudor Square.