There were emotional scenes as families and friends flocked to Glencorse Barracks on Saturday to welcome home the first company of soldiers after a six-month tour of Afghanistan.
C Company’s arrival heralds the return to Midlothian of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, who have been on the front line in Helmand Province since October. The remaining companies – HQ, A and B – are all expected home by the beginning of next week.
For some of the soldiers this was their second operational tour of Helmand - their first was in 2008.
More than 150 parents, wives, girlfriends and children, some in prams, turned out to welcome home their sons, husbands, boyfriends and fathers. There was a colourful greeting with homemade banners and welcome back balloons.
As the troops disembarked from the buses, the waiting families craned to catch a glimpse of their loved ones. There was an air of eager anticipation for when they could cuddle and kiss their soldier.
There were more cheers and tears as the troops headed over to the family waiting area and keen family members rushed forward.
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