SINGER Laura Critchley says she is the one receiving the greatest honour tomorrow (Thursday) when she hands out medals to British troops.
When the 3 Battalion REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) return to their barracks in Paderborn, Germany, after a long stint in Iraq, the 24-year-old from Little Sutton will be joining their friends, family and loved ones to greet them.
She was dubbed the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ after entertaining the troops in Basra in April, on the invitation of the MOD.
While there, Laura was followed by a documentary film crew which recorded her journey.
The trip was a resounding success and afterwards the troops asked for Laura to be the one to present them with their campaign medals – something that senior officers or even members of the Royal Family would be more likely to be asked to do.
Laura said: “I just can’t believe they have chosen me for such a huge honour. I’m delighted to be able to do this for them.
“They have been so brave. Some of the troops are so young.
“I am completely overwhelmed by their kind invitation and can’t wait to get out there.
“The last time I saw many of these young men and women they were in Basra as the UK combat mission in Iraq was coming to an end. It will be wonderful to see them again home safe and sound.”
The 20th Armoured Brigade has also invited Laura to perform to 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 Rifles) during their medal parade in Paderborn on July 14.
And on July 6, Laura releases her single Feel Proud which she wrote with the UK troops in mind. Profits will go to the Help For Heroes charity.