On Sunday 18 th May members of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron turned out to welcome 30 Signal Regiment back to Nuneaton after their operational duties in Afghanistan.
The 30 Signal Regiment based at Gamecock Barracks near Nuneaton have just returned after spending months in Kabul, the Afghan capital, under constant threat of rocket attack, small arms fire and road side bombs.
So, on their return the people of Nuneaton came out in force to say “welcome home” and “thank you” to the regiment as they exercised their right to the Freedom of the Borough. The 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron banner party, Cpl Danielle Baker and escort WO Jim Taylor joined Standard bearers from the Royal British Legion, Ex-Service Associations and other Cadet Forces to form a guard of honour as the troops marched proudly through the streets of their garrison town with bayonets fixed, swords drawn and colours flying.
On behalf of the people of the Borough of Nuneaton & Bedworth the Mayor Gerald Smith welcomed the regiment home after their safe return from operational duties before conducting the service of Reaffirmation of the Freedom of the Borough to 30 Signal Regiment.
Following the parade Flt Lt Paul Hincks of 121 Squadron said, “30 Signal Regiment are always supportive of Cadet Force activities in the area. By kind permission of the regiment we regularly use facilities at Gamecock Barracks for our training and the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing has held its Field Training Day at the Barracks for many years. So we were all delighted, on behalf of the Squadron and the Wing, to be able to give the Regiment a big welcome home after their safe return from operational duties.”