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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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Highclere Castle Battle Proms is an event that definitely shouldn’t be missed! Unless perhaps it’s raining, which luckily it wasn’t yesterday evening! Enjoying live music, live air displays and fireworks with over 9,000 other people is quite something else!

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1Highclere Castle is known more famously as Downton Abbey as this was where the series was mostly filmed. It’s a beautiful setting, and one that’s very hard to get close to these days given the increased popularity.

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13I’ve been lucky enough to have the site on my door step, give or take twenty minutes! And therefore can recall lots of trips when I was younger, to the Battle Proms or to the various castle exhibitions that were being held there. But I’ve never had the photography interest before, coupled with a gorgeous sunset and night time lighting!

18 23 4It was well worth the ticket cost, to be able to sit in the sunshine and enjoy music and good company (we didn’t take wine glasses like the image above though!) and just in general relax after a tough week at work!

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