A Doncaster guardsman made it home from Afghanistan just in time to witness the birth of his first son.
It was a double celebration for Colour Sergeant Major Glen Goldthorpe, aged 37, who returned home from his final operational duties just in time for the birth of his first son, Harry.
Glen was among more than 350 members of the Coldstream Guards who have just returned home from their final operational duties in Afghanistan.
Baby Harry, proud wife Jolene, and daughters three-year-old Emily, five-year-old Elizabeth, and Victoria 12, were in the 3,000-strong crowd that lined the route in Windsor for the Coldstream Guards’ homecoming parade.
Speaking about the occasion, Glen said:“It was a double dose of pride for me to march through the town to such a welcome from so many people - and with my boy and my family there among them.
“I’ve never seen so many people shouting ‘well done!’ and clapping.
“The locals have always supported us so well in Windsor but this was really special.
“I was so glad too to get back just in time for Harry’s birth.
“But that’s what the Coldstream Guards do best - time everything perfectly!
“It’s really great to be home.”
The soldiers marched in battle fatigues through the centre of the garrison town, past the walls of Windsor Castle.
The unit has been protecting UK bases and enabling safe movement across the Afghan capital Kabul, especially during the elections.
They have also provided support to the British Embassy, the Afghan National Army Officer Academy and ISAF HQ in Kabul.
Jolene is looking forward to putting her feet up with a cup of tea now Glen is home safely.