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Photos: Royal Reception as 2 Rifles Battalion return home from Iraq

The parade was attended by HRH the Earl of Wessex

A homecoming parade was held in Lisburn on Friday March 9 for the 2 Rifles who were returning from Iraq. Photo: Johnathan Porter, Press Eye.
A homecoming parade was held in Lisburn on Friday March 9 for the 2 Rifles who were returning from Iraq. Photo: Johnathan Porter, Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow and Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson make a presentation to Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Neil Bellamy Commanding Officer (CO) 2nd Battalion, The Rifles (2 Rifles). Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê Pictured at the event are, from left to right, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Neil Bellamy Commanding Officer (CO) 2nd Battalion, Alderman James Tinsley, Brigadier John Swift OBE Commander 38 (Irish) Brigade, Mayoress Mrs Hilary Morrow, Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the CouncilÕs Corporate Services Committee and Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles meets members of the public in Lisburn City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   General view of the parade in Bow Street, Lisburn. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles pictured in Lisburn City Centre during the Inspection and Salute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê The HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles is welcomed to Lagan Valley Island by Cadet Jake Johnston, Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow and Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the CouncilÕs Corporate Services Committee. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.Ê The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.Ê There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles. Ê The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2018 There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place.  The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.  There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.   The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, Mayoress Mrs Hilary Morrow, Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson and Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Councils Corporate Services Committee welcome HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles to Lagan Valley Island. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A large crowd turned out in Lisburn City Centre on Friday for the Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles.

The battalion was returning from a six-month tour of Iraq. 

There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.

The Council said it was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

In attendance were the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the High Sheriff of County Antrim, Mrs Gillian Bingham; Major General Jones OBE; Brigadier John Swift OBE Commander 38 (Irish) Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Neil Bellamy Commanding Officer (CO) 2nd Battalion, The Rifles (2 Rifles); Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Elected Members, its Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson and members of the public.

Prior to the Parade, the Council hosted a Homecoming Reception at Lagan Valley Island for the 2 Rifles in the early part of Friday morning. HRH the Earl of Wessex was welcomed where he met invited guests and was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE and Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow.

The Homecoming Parade then took place in Lisburn city centre with around 500 servicemen, complete with the Band of the Rifles.

The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow paid tribute to the soldiers on their return home.

“It was an honour to welcome the Earl to Lagan Valley Island and to Lisburn," he said.

"I was very pleased to welcome our serving troops to Lagan Valley Island following their recent return from Iraq.  We of course respect their bravery, camaraderie, and dedication to duty.  It is for these very reasons that it was a privilege to welcome 2 Rifles today."

Lt Col Neil Belamy, Commanding Officer 2 Rifles, said they received a great reception.

“To be invited to parade through the streets of our home city of Lisburn is a great honour for all of the riflemen of the battalion and for me personally as the Commanding Officer.

“The unit has recently returned from Operation ‘SHADER’ in Iraq and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate being a unit with our local community.

“Lisburn has been our home for a few years and we have been made to feel very welcomed. We have forged great relationships and the high point of this for me will be Friday when we get to parade through our home town in front of all of our friends.”

Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee thanked the 2 Rifles for their service.

“The Council appreciates the dedication and achievements of all our service personnel and we were delighted to have the opportunity to see our returning troops parade through Lisburn in such glorious sound and colour. Lisburn has a long and respected history with the Armed Forces and we greatly appreciate their work, training and the service brought across the world for Queen and country.”

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