Date 1/06/2013 Location Glasgow Scotland Photo by Mark Owens ARMY PRESS RELEASE SCOTS GUARDS HOMECOMING PARADE IN GLASGOW 1st Battalion Scots Guards (1SG) paraded in Glasgow today [Saturday, 1 June 2013] to celebrate their return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan . The battalion spent six months in Helmand Province when they were deployed to the Upper Gereshk Valley . People lined West George Street and George Square to watch the battalion take part in the homecoming parade. Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Rob Howieson said: "It is a great honour to be marching through the streets of Glasgow today. The Guardsmen are very proud of their work and they are humbled to be able to parade in front of the people of Glasgow . “The battalion has had a challenging six months in Afghanistan and today’s parade recognises its achievements. It also gives friends and families the opportunity to celebrate their safe return and accomplishments of the last few months. “We are extremely grateful for the support we received from the local community all through the tour. Each week we would receive a helicopter-load of letters and parcels from well-wishers across Scotland . “We were sent everything from woolly hats to chocolate and board games. It was very touching that we were being thought about at a time we were so far from our homes.” Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “Glaswegians are extremely proud of their brave soldiers and today was no exception. Folk want our military to know that we are profoundly grateful for their bravery, loyalty and service. As Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost it is always a privilege to meet military personnel and their families and I am thrilled to welcome 1st Battalion Scots Guards to our city today.” ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS The battalion stepped off at 11 am from Holland Street / West Regent Street / Pitt Street / West George Street / into George Square .