Swaffham Gives Troops Heroic Welcome

People have lined the streets of Swaffham to give local troops a heroic welcome back from Afghanistan.

Over a thousand people turned out to show their support for Second Squadron from the local RAF base in Marham. More than 100 troops, dressed in desert combats, paraded through the centre of Swaffham into the Market Place where they were presented with service medals.

The route was lined with family members and the general public as the troops marched in three orderly groups to the sound of an RAF band. Second Squadron have only just returned from a three month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The town was full of flags and the squadron were greeted with a sea of applause as they received their medals.

Speaking at the ceremony, Wing Commander John Turner thanked the crowd for the great turn out and spoke of the crucial role the RAF are playing in Afghanistan.