SOLDIERS’ wives and girlfriends in Abingdon will today be reunited with loved ones returning from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

At Dalton Barracks, 116 troops from 4 Logistic Support Regiment and seven from 23 Pioneer Regiment will fly back from their tour in Helmand Province.

Most of the troops have been based at Camp Bastion, according to Army spokesman Chris Fletcher.

He said: “This day has been eagerly anticipated and cannot come soon enough for the loved ones back at home. They tick each day off the calendar and look forward to this from the moment they say goodbye.”

Abingdon town clerk Nigel Warner said: “I’m sure the whole town will be pleased to welcome these soldiers back into the community.

“There will be a welcome home parade in the town centre on Tuesday, November 27, which will be a great opportunity for people to come out and show their appreciation.”

Among those celebrating their return will be members of the barrack’s Military Wives Choir – see page 15.