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Freedom Parade, Lincoln, 12 March 2009

The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment

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On 12 March 2009, a detachment of soldiers of the 2nd Battalion (Poachers), The Royal Anglian Regiment, exercised their right to March through Lincoln with swords drawn and bayonets fixed. Although this is officially described as a "homecoming" parade, the 2nd Battalion were recently posted to Celle, Germany, following the completion of their second term of duty in Iraq. The freedom of the City of Lincoln was granted to the 2nd Battalion in 1997.

In their report of the parade, the BBC News programme "Look North" estimated that over 6,000 people had turned up to welcome the lads back to Lincoln.


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Lincoln, 12 Mar 2009.

The 2nd Battalion's Homecoming Parade, Lincoln, 12th March 2009. Media & Communications HQ Land Forces.   Crown Copyright © 2009.

Lincoln, 12 Mar 2009.

The people of Lincoln welcome the Poachers home.
Video courtesy of Ken Oliver.


Due to technical difficulties, many of our photographs of this parade were spoilt. The editor wishes to say a big 'thank you' to those friends who gave permission for us to include their photographs on this page.

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You can see a collections of 52 photographs, taken by Sam Jackson, on the BBC Website