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Soldiers come home.

MORE than 300 troops donned formal service dress and medals for a homecoming parade at Catterick Garrison.

During the summer, nearly 6,000 servicemen and women transferred from their barracks in Osnabruck, Germany, to their new homes at Catterick - the largest such troop movement since 1963.

And last Friday a parade was held to formally recognise the homecoming of 4th Mechanized Brigade, which recently finished a six-month tour in Iraq based in Basra.

Major General Graham Binns, General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Armoured Division, took the salute before a fly past by two Hawk fast jets and two Lynx helicopters.

The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord and Lady Crathorne, the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Christopher Robson, and Darlington mayor, Councillor Ian Haszeldine, were among those attending. Military dignitaries included Field Marshal Lord Inge.

The 4th Mechanized Brigade's return means the Challenger II main battle tank will return to Catterick for the first time in five years.

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FORMAL: 1st Battalion The Scots Guards parade as part of the homecoming
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2008
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