Search

Romford Royal Anglian Parade: The troops reflect on the turnout and their mission

08:00 07 November 2012

Pte Adam Ford, 19, Sgt Michael Smith, 30, and Pte Lee Kirk, 21

Pte Adam Ford, 19, Sgt Michael Smith, 30, and Pte Lee Kirk, 21

Archant

The soldiers themselves seemed to be humbled by the reaction of the public in Romford, and were pleased to be home.

The regiment’s ten-year mission in Afghanistan has now come to an end.

Pte Lee Kirk, 21, told the Recorder: “Out there I think some people are find it harder than others, but relatives back here know nothing about what we’re doing while we’re there.

“They have to try and continue their lives while worrying about us and looking after kids and everything in their lives. I think it’s kind of harder for them than us.”

Pte Adam Ford, 19, said: “We didn’t expect anyone to turn out to see us really. When you’re away you don’t know how anyone back home is feeling about what you’re doing.”

Sgt Michael Smith, 30, has been in the regiment for 13 years. He said: “The change has been amazing, the Afghan army are extremely professional, far more than people here would believe.”

The regiment’s commander, Lt Col Mick Aston, added: “We were only able to pass over areas to our Afghan counterparts because we had confidence in them.

“It hasn’t been without some hard fighting as well, we faced a very active insurgency, but it is a big achievement for this battalion.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:51
A crowded 8.17am train from Upminster to Fenchurch Street

Furious commuters have taken a stand against proposed train timetable changes that will see their journeys become longer but their chances of getting a seat slashed.

Yesterday, 12:00
Jean Challis, age79 from Elm Park, was named as the Romford Carnival Queen 50 years ago this year.

A pensioner who was given the royal treatment when she was crowned Romford Carnival Queen almost half a century on, has taken a trip down memory lane.

Yesterday, 11:53
Victoria Winterford (front) saw off seven others to win

A Hornchurch dancer has overcome her confidence issues to be crowned Miss Universe Essex in her first pageant appearance.

Yesterday, 07:47
A Greater Anglia train at Ilford train Station.

Services are almost back up to speed for Greater Anglia following cancellations this morning however there are still some disruptions.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

Among the charitable causes the prince hopes to champion are wildlife conservation and justice for injured service personnel.

Although Farage may not have mentioned the fascist pre-conference entertainment, his speech showed he’s very aware of his party’s image.

Leonard Nimoy is currently dominating six of the top trend slots on Twitter. His fans, friends and co-stars should be proud.