THE COMMANDING officer of the Yorkshire Regiment which was given a heroes’ welcome when it marched through the streets of Whitby has publicly expressed his “heartfelt thanks” to the town.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Roe has written to the Whitby Gazette following the parade on July 19.
In his letter he says that himself, the regimental sergeant major and B Company were “truly taken aback” by the reception they received from the crowd of people who turned out to see them, and the hospitality they were shown after the formalities.
He wrote: “The day reinforced to the 2nd Battalion the level of public support that it has, not only in Whitby, but also across the wider north east.
“No doubt some of you will have seen the articles in the Whitby Gazette and news report, with quotes from soldiers who were made to feel very proud and I felt that the impromptu applause and cheering from the crowd as we marched through the town centre was particularly touching, especially from all the school children – many thanks.”
He confirmed that when the Battalion (which was formerly the Green Howards) moves to Cyprus, and possibly Afghanistan, they will take great pride in flying the Whitby flag, which was presented to the regiment by Whitby Town Council which organised the parade.
Lt Col Roe said it meant a lot to the troops to know that they are being supported by the people back home.
He added: “We as a battalion owe a debt of gratitude to the community for their active support, both for us and our families in all we do.
“Please accept my personal thanks and the thanks of the officers and soldiers of B Company to the people of Whitby.
“We really were made to feel very special.We all wish you the very best for the future knowing that the warmth we were shown is something we can draw on as we face the challenges ahead.”