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“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
― Kate Douglas Wiggin

Yesterday, many residents of the local town turned out to watch the homecoming march of soldiers returning from Afghanistan. We don’t often have parades such as this, so it was incredibly nice to see so many people line the streets, almost like a flash mob really. The morning begun slowly, with people milling around, doing their shopping – and then as 10:30am drew closer, the crowds drew in.

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The 22 Engineer Regiment from Perham Down all returned safely after a six month tour of Afghanistan. It makes a change from the last home-coming I went to at Wootton Bassett where the gaps in the lines of soldiers were fairly significant, as was the list of names of those who had not returned safely.

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The mood yesterday was very different, very positive and upbeat. The soldiers marching were struggling to hide their smiles and their emotion as the crowds cheered them through the town.

23Then to top it off nicely, and provide a true home-coming – the sunset was gorgeous!

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