Families brave the rain to welcome troops home
1:18pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
RELIEVED families gathered in Haverfordwest today (Thursday) to welcome sons, daughters, partners and siblings home after a "tough" final tour in Afghanistan.
After months of living and working in 45-degree heat, the wet and windy conditions were a shock to the system for the troops of 226 Signal Squadron (EW), but failed to put a dampener on the day.
Soldiers, families and onlookers lined the Hight Street as the squadron paraded through the town centre, led by a military band.
On Castle Square, Mayor of Haverfordwest Mrs Jackie Westrup then presented troops with medals honouring their service.
Brigadiere Scott Workman thanked the mayor and town council for their support, and the people of Haverfordwest for coming out.
"The relationship the armed forces has with the local community is a real strong point," he said.
He congratulated the squadron on making it home after a "tough tour", and thanked the rear party who work tirelessly behind the scenes to organise events for the troops.
He also thanked family, friends and partners for the welcome, and their constant support.
"You have to bear the burden of the fear of the unknown. We could not do what we do without your support."
Michelle Hinchey, from Cardiff, said it was a 'weight off her mind' to welcome home her son, 27-year-old Lance Corporal Nathan Hinchey, after his first tour.
"It's hard, we speak every few weeks, but it's difficult when they can't get in touch."
She added: "It's lovely to see everyone come out and support them, despite the rain."
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