Soldiers march through Lancaster city centre

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march past Lancaster Castle
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march past Lancaster Castle

Soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment marched through Lancaster city centre on Monday as they exercised their right as freemen of the city.

More than 100 personnel from The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which recruits from across the North West of England, marched between the city’s Priory Church and Dalton Square as thousands cheered them on in the glorious summer sunshine.

The Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Roger Mace inspects The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Roger Mace inspects The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The Infantry battalion, also known as 2 LANCS, is based at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool. But during the last six months its soldiers have been deployed on operations in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and most recently Iraq.

The day began with a service at the Priory Church, and was followed by a march through the streets with “flags flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed”.

Led by the band of the Royal Armoured Corps, the regiment marched through the streets and past Lancaster Town Hall, taking the salute from the mayor, Coun Roger Mace, before stopping in Dalton Square for inspection.

A soldier from Heysham was among those parading in Lancaster as he marked his unit’s return home from overseas duties.

The Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Roger Mace inspects The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Roger Mace inspects The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

Kingsman Daniel Campbell, 20, has been in the Army for just over three years. He serves with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which recruits from across the north west.

Earlier this summer Daniel, a former Heysham High School pupil, returned from Cyprus after a six-month tour of duty with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Nicosia, so he was excited to parade at home.

“It’s a really proud day for me,” he said. “This is my home city and so to be here doing this today is very important. My family are really proud too and the weather has been fantastic.

“Since I joined the Army I’ve worked in Latvia, the Falkland Islands, Kenya, Cyprus and all over the UK. I love going to new places and am hoping to go to Louisiana in America where we can train with the US Army.”

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through Lancaster

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through Lancaster

Captain Russ Pettit, the Officer Commanding Dettingen Company at 2 LANCS, added: “This is the first time within the last six months or so that everyone has been back together as a battalion, so for us to be able parade in Lancaster has been a real pleasure.”

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through Lancaster

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through Lancaster

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment on parade in Lancaster

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment on parade in Lancaster

Major Shaun Dwyer, Officer Commanding Arnhem Company, marches the parade out of Dalton Square.  More than 100 personnel from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2LANCS) accompanied by The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps paraded through Lancaster exercising the regiments freedom of the city.  The Troops attended a service at Priory Church before marching through the city to Dalton Square where the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster, Councillor Roger Mace received the salute and inspected the troops.  Photographer: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC / MoD Crown

Major Shaun Dwyer, Officer Commanding Arnhem Company, marches the parade out of Dalton Square. More than 100 personnel from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2LANCS) accompanied by The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps paraded through Lancaster exercising the regiments freedom of the city. The Troops attended a service at Priory Church before marching through the city to Dalton Square where the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster, Councillor Roger Mace received the salute and inspected the troops. Photographer: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC / MoD Crown