Troops stage island parade

Duke of Lancaster Regiment parade
Duke of Lancaster Regiment parade
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Blackpool troops serving on the Falkland Islands have held a unique parade 8,000 miles from home.

The Duke of Lancaster Regiment’s 2nd Battalion celebrated St George’s Day by presenting soldiers with a red rose - a tradition held since 1704.

And this year each soldier was presented with the Regiment’s new insignia, the Lion of England, to replace the Glider which has been worn previously.

The Company took over from the Mercian Regiment at the start of April and will leave the Islands in June.

The Company makes up the Roulemount Infantry Company (RIC) of the British Force South Atlantic Islands.

As the RIC they assist with the protection capability, provide reassurance to the Islanders by conducting patrols as well as taking the opportunity to undertake high quality training offered by the challenging terrain.