MORE than 3,700 miles from home, soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment, York enter into the Christmas spirit while undertaking operations in Afghanistan.

Carol singing, midnight mass and a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings offered some festive cheer despite the relatively austere conditions offered on operations. Fantastic support was received from back home in preparation for the festive period, with parcels full of decorations, chocolate and Santa hats arriving daily. The citizens of York also sent a giant Christmas Card, which was inscribed with well wishes for the regiment.

Lance Cpl Ash Swanick, who has two small children at home in York, and whose husband is deployed on operations at the same time said: “I feel humbled by the support of the people of York, and I have been overwhelmed by all the boxes I have received from my family. I think I have more presents here than I do back home! It will still be hard to be away from my babies at Christmas though.’ 2 Signal Regiment will be returning from Afghanistan in the early summer.