BRAVE soldiers who will are spending this festive period in the Afghan desert have sent home Christmas messages for their loved ones.
The heroes, from Blackpool, are currently serving with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and are spending their Christmas and New Year working in the city of Lashkar Gah, which lies to the west of Kandahar, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The name of Lashkar Gar means “army barracks” in Persian.
From there, Sergeant John Thompson sent the following message back home.
He said: “Hi everyone back home, just to let you know everything is going well out here.
“I’ve been really busy working.
“I just want to wish you all a great Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you all in January.
“Love you and miss you all lots.”
Drummer Liam Millington added: “Merry Christmas to my family in the Blackpool, my mum, brother and sister.”
It comes after The Gazette told recently how 70 troops from Burma Company of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (1 LANCS) were the first batch of personnel to return from Helmand Province a few weeks ago as part of the Government’s decision to reduce the British commitment in Afghanistan by 500 soldiers.