Ceremonial troops take to the streets

Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park
Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park

Pomp and ceremony will hit the streets of Sheffield and Doncaster as Army gunners parade to mark their homecoming from Afghanistan.

More than 250 members of the Royal Horse Artillery will take part, including the ceremonial riders and horses from the regiment’s King’s Troop – who often take part in state occasions.

The gunners, many of them from South Yorkshire, will exercise their Freedom of Sheffield on January 22, and also parade in Doncaster on January 24.

The regiment recently returned from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

An Army spokeswoman said: “This is the first time the King’s Troop have paraded since 1974 and 22 horses will accompany the troops, pulling two artillery guns.

“The parade will also have a First World War theme, as a sub-unit of the regiment fired the first rounds in the conflict and one of the batteries won three Victoria Crosses.”