YORKSHIRE’S heroes will get Royal recognition tomorrow.
The Duke of York, who is the Colonel-in-Chief of The Yorkshire Regiment, will attend a thanksgiving service in York Minster.
And he will be there to honour Yorkshire Regiment soldiers who have returned home from Afghanistan, who will parade through the city.
The ceremony in the Minster is the culmination of a series of events to mark the bravery of the troops who spent six months in Afghanistan.
The tour was not without cost and families of the four Huddersfield troops who lost their lives serving their country are expected to join tomorrow’s ceremony.
The four who died were Cpl Jake Hartley, of New Mill; Pte Daniel Wilford, of Cowlersley; Pte Anton Frampton, of Longwood; and Pte Tom Wroe, of Meltham.
A parade honouring the troops has already taken place in Huddersfield and another is taking place in Halifax today.
There was also an emotional medal ceremony at the regiment’s barracks in Wiltshire last Friday.
The 500 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (3 Yorks) will tomorrow march from Tower Street to Duncombe Place for an inspection and salute in front of guests, families and onlookers before moving to York Minster for the service, attended by His Royal Highness and the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu.
The soldiers have returned from a six-month tour of duty on Operation Herrick 16, providing support to 12 Mechanized Brigade in Helmand Province.
Sadly, 10 of their soldiers were killed on operations and their families have been invited to the parade and service.
The parade, led by the Band of the King’s Division, sets off at 12.40pm from Tower Street, along Coney Street to halt on Duncombe Place at approximately 1.00pm. The parade will be inspected by a team headed up by the Lord Mayor of York, Clr Keith Hyman, and the Colonel of The Yorkshire Regiment, Major General Graham Binns.
During the thanksgiving service, the Warminster Military Wives Choir will sing.
The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment is currently based in Warminster, Wiltshire, but recruits throughout Yorkshire.