Deputy Mayor of Maghull Cllr Steve Kermode attends Duke of Lanca

Deputy Mayor of Maghull Cllr Steve Kermode with dad James Kermode and Lance Corporal Wayne Floyd of the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

 

Deputy Mayor of Maghull Cllr Steve Kermode represented the town at a special ceremony for the homecoming of the 2nd Battalion of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in Liverpool.

More than 120 soldiers who had returned from a lengthy tour of duty in Afghanistan took part in the parade and homecoming event.

Cllr Kermode joined the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Frank Prendergast which involved the soldiers marching through the city centre to St George's Plateau on Lime Street.

The parade followed a private service of thanksgiving at Liverpool Parish Church, Our Lady and St Nicholas.

A wreath was laid at St George's gardens to remember the regiment's fallen heroes.

In the last three year tour, the battalion lost Cpl Simon Hornby and Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgman.

Cllr Kermode said: "It was a real honour to be able to represent Maghull at such an important event.

"The purpose of the day was to welcome home the brave men and women of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. These are men and women who risk their lives for us every single day of their lengthy tours and they need to know we appreciate what they do.

"The service itself was very moving. There were families there who have lost family members and who were clearly very upset. There were other families there who were clearly thankful that their loved ones had returned home.

"They read out the names of the servicemen who died while serving their country and this was obviously a very touching moment for everyone who was there."

Cllr Kermode was accompanied to the homecoming parade and service by his father James.

Cllr Kermode said: "Dad served with the King's Regiment of Liverpool in Berlin. The King's Regiment was one of the merged regiments which became the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

"In fact, my family has a history of serving in the forces. My great grandfather served with them in the First World War, my grandad served in the Second World War, my dad served in Berlin in the 1950s and I have a nephew who is still in the regiment.

"So it was obviously a great honour for dad to be at the special service and to watch the parade. He wore his regimental tie and we were both very proud to be there and to represent the people of Maghull at such an important event."

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