02 November 2011
At the invitation of Salisbury City Council, Larkhill-based 32 Regiment Royal Artillery (32 Regt RA), known as the British Army’s ‘eye in the sky’ will march through Salisbury and hold its thanksgiving service in Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 10 November 2011. This will mark the end of almost nine years of continuous deployment for one or more of the Regiment’s Batteries in Iraq and/or Afghanistan
Some of the 600 soldiers taking part in the homecoming parade have returned from Afghanistan just five days before the parade. It means that November 2011 will be the first time the Regiment is all together in the UK since early 2003.
The parade will start at 10.00 am when the Regiment, led by Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Craig Palmer, and accompanied by the Band of the Royal Artillery, will march out of Salisbury Cathedral Close into the High Street. They will proceed along Silver Street, turn right into Blue Boar Row where the saluting dais will be, right into Queen Street and New Canal, back into High Street and finally finish at College Green in the Cathedral Close. The Regiment will pay its compliments to the Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Abbott JP, as it passes The Guildhall. The Mayor Councillor Abbott said, “This is a great occasion for the City and we would encourage as many residents as possible to line the streets to welcome home our local Royal Artillery Regiment.”