A local British Army Signaller has said goodbye to his home in Germany after being stationed there for two years.
Matthew Harp, 23, from Pinner - along with 120 other colleagues from 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment - took part in a military parade through the streets of Herford, North West German to mark their departure.
Matthew has served in Germany for the last two years and said: “I was surprised by the number of people who came to watch the parade, it was a fantastic experience and something that I will remember.”
The parade represented the end of an association with the British Army that has lasted for 70 years. The Army marked the occasion with a formal parade, to say thank you to the town.
In recognition of their service in Germany, the Regiment were presented with the prestigious Federal Fahnenband, a ribbon of honour.
Matthew said: “I have enjoyed my time here, I have made some really good friends and had the opportunity to travel and see a lot of the country.
“Something which I probably would not have done if I was not in the Army.”
“I also had the chance to train with the German Army on the weapon ranges, it was interesting to see how they work, another great experience, in many ways their procedures are very similar to I will miss Germany but it will be nice to go back to the UK and be closer to friends and family.”
The Regiment now begins to make its preparations to move their families and equipment back to Stafford over the summer months.