The Poachers to parade through Lincoln

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About three hundred and fifty soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment will parade through the city of Lincoln on Friday 4th February 2022 to mark their return home from deployments around the world.

In the past 12 months the Battalion, known as The Poachers, has completed two six-month UN peacekeeping tours to Mali in West Africa as part of Operation (Op) NEWCOMBE. The first deployment was in December 2020 and included over 70 soldiers from B (Leicestershire) Company. They were followed by over 130 soldiers from A (Lincolnshire) Company and the Battalion’s Headquarters on a second deployment in May 2021. 

The Task Force was supported by specialist trades from across the Armed Forces including medical and Explosive Ordnance Disposal soldiers who will also be represented on the parade.

Now the soldiers have returned from overseas, the Battalion is hoping it will be given a rousing reception.

Kate Fenn, Civic and International Partnerships Manager at City of Lincoln Council said: “I am delighted that the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment has chosen to exercise its Freedom of the City of Lincoln, which was first granted in 1997.”   

“The city is extremely proud and honoured to welcome back ‘The Poachers’, marking their return home from deployment around the world.”

The Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Will Meddings, said: “The Battalion is incredibly proud of the long-standing bonds it has with our recruiting communities and heartlands. We are deeply honoured that we can parade in Lincoln and say a personal thank you to the people that support us.”