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Service to welcome home soldiers

Hundreds of soldiers are expected to attend a service in Worcester as part of a regiment's homecoming.

The 2nd Battalion (Worcesters and Foresters), The Mercian Regiment, was posted to Afghanistan in March.

Marking their return there will be a service in Worcester Cathedral on 3 December followed by a parade.

Candles will be lit for five soldiers who were killed, including Pte Jason Williams, 23, from Worcester, and Pte Robert Laws, 18, from Bromsgrove.

Civic reception

Pte Williams was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in August.

Pte Laws died in July when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in a major military offensive in Helmand Province.

Candles will also be lit for L/Cpl Kieron Hill, 20, from Nottingham, Pte Gavin Elliott, 19, from Woodsetts, Yorks, and Sgt Michael Lockett, 29, from Monifieth in Angus.

L/Cpl Hill died in an explosion in May.

Pte Elliott, 19, from Woodsetts, Yorks, who died in September, was shot.

Sgt Lockett was killed in a blast while on patrol in 21 September.

The service will be held at 1100 GMT, the march will start at 1200 GMT and there will also be a civic reception at The Guildhall.

Worcester's mayor, councillor Andy Roberts, has called on local people to turn out to welcome the soldiers home.



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