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Deeside soldier return to Dale Barracks with Royal Welsh Guards

A DAD and his son share an emotional embrace as the Royal Welsh Guards return home from the Afghanistan front line.

It was all smiles when Fusilier Marc Edworthy, from Hawarden, was greeted by his two-year-old boy Samuel at Dale Barracks in the early hours of Tuesday.

Marc, 30, said he was delighted to be back on British soil after five months ifighting the Taliban.

His wife Joanne and two other sons Joseph, 14, and Morgan, 10, were also there to meet him.

“It was a fantastic feeling,” said Marc, who grew up in Hawarden and went to St David’s Primary School in Mold.

During his five months away his contact with Joanne and the boys was often limited to a 30-minute telephone call once a week.

He said: “I’m going to chill out now for a few weeks and spend plenty of time with the family.

“We’ve got free tickets to Alton Towers and we’ll go to the zoo, things like that – we’ll make up for lost time.”

The battalion’s return was delayed and Marc and his fellow soldiers were stuck in Cyprus for 24 hours, which made the reunion even sweeter.

Marc said: “Samuel’s really grown.

“He was the first person to see me. He was shocked at first, but after about an hour it was daddy this, daddy that.

“He won’t leave me alone now, but I’m not complaining!”

Marc, whose parents still live at Cromwell Close, Hawarden, now has six weeks summer leave. He has 18 months on home soil before being deployed to Afghanistan again late next year.

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