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Bomb disposal soldiers welcomed home in Didcot + Audio
Thousands of people joined Princess Anne on the streets of Didcot this morning to welcome home Army bomb disposal experts.
Families and friends were reunited with their loved ones from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, who returned from Afghanistan after six months.
One of those who enjoyed an emotional homecoming was Abubakar Swalah , who was greeted by his wife Salam and two-year-old daughter Amira.
He said: "It is very hard being away from your family for so long.
"It was especially tough for me as I was serving during Ramadan and it was so hot out there.
"But I wouldn’t change it for the world. It was a great experience."
Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, presented 120 troops with medals to mark their first tour of duty.
In a speech she also thanked the families who had been away from their loved ones.
She said: “It is a difficult time for families and friends but it is appreciated by us all.”
Vauxhall Barracks in Foxhall Road is the headquarters of 11 EOD.