Afghan troops parade

Broxtowe Town Hall
Broxtowe Town Hall

Broxtowe troops returning from duties in Afghanistan for the last time are holding a homecoming parade in Beeston today.

Accompanied by the Queen’s Division Marching Band, the parade will march along Broadgate and Beeston High Road to the Town Hall where the service personnel will be presented with medals.

Anna Soubry, Broxtowe MP and Minister of Defence, Personnel, Welfare and Veterans will welcome the troops and their families, along with Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw and HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace.

The soldiers are from the 64 Works Group, 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group based at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell and they were deployed to Afghanistan in May this year.

In south Afghanistan their main role has been the dismantling and remediation of Camp Bastion, whilst in the north, a team of Infrastructure Engineers were based in Kabul, delivering infrastructure solutions to a British Force.

The parade will begin at 10am and should reach the town hall at about 10.15am.

There will be a rolling road closure for this event with no parking on Foster Ave at all and very limited parking at the Town Hall so visitors are requested to arrive very early.

The last of the UK combat troops left Afghanistan in October this year.