Joy as soldier from Ellesmere Port returns home after tour of Afghanistan
THE proud family of a soldier back home after serving in Afghanistan watched as their dad was presented with a medal by Sir Alex Ferguson.
On Thursday, December 6, Sgt Alan Richardson, of Stanney Grange, Ellesmere Port, joined about 500 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh as they marched through the streets of Chester to mark their return from service in Afghanistan.
And, after more than six months of not seeing his young family, the 30-year-old, who returned home to his fiancée Samantha Brown and five-year-old son Scott last month, took his sports-mad son to meet footballing legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sgt Richardson, who returned from his fourth tour of duty in his nine years of service, took his son to get a football shirt signed by Sir Alex.
“It has been really hard for us, definitely for Scott,” said Sgt Richardson, who said he was looking forward to spending Christmas at home with his family and to taking his son to the football again.
“Last time we knew we were going back again but this year we will just be able to enjoy Christmas with our families and get back into a routine.”
Sgt Richardson said the family had only spoke on the phone for half an hour every week and he had to stay in touch with his son by text messages.
“It has been a difficult time for everyone, but it was really nice to be back in Chester and have my family here,” he said.