Lancashire soldier proud to parade in home town

Sam Finch
Sam Finch

A soldier from Blackpool will be among those parading in the town on Wednesday to mark his unit’s return home from overseas duties.

L Cpl Sam Finch, 20, has been in the army for four years.

He serves with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The Infantry battalion is based at Weeton Barracks.

During the last six months its soldiers have been deployed on operations in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and most recently Iraq.

Sam, a former Baines School pupil, is second in command of six or more soldiers. He said: “I’ve been to the Falklands, Germany, Cyprus and loads of training areas all over the UK.

“While in the Army I’ve also done plenty of adventure training, boxing and football.

“It’ll make me feel proud to go back home and parade there.”

More than 100 personnel will parade through Blackpool on Wednesday, exercising the Regiment’s freedom of the town.

It is the third of four parades the battalion; the other three are Lancaster, Appleby and Chorley.