UKIP Annual Conference

On assignment for Getty Images recently I headed to Doncaster Racecourse to cover the UK Independence Party annual conference. After increasing their vote share following the May General Election campaign the UKIP conference this year focussed primarily on the campaign to leave the European Union ahead of the upcoming referendum on EU membership.

After two long, busy and very purple coloured days I’ve included some of what I shot, edited to black and white below….

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The Doncaster Parade

Around 250 soldiers from 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery marched through the streets of Doncaster today to mark their recent return from operations in Afghanistan. The troops were being given the freedom of the town and were also being presented with operational medals for their most recent tour in Afghanistan.

The soldiers were led through the town by 22 horses from the ceremonial King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The return of the soldiers from 1 RHA brings to an end a decade of constant deployment on operations by soldiers from the regiment.

 

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Elviss MBE RHA, the Commanding Officer of 1 RHA gives orders to the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers from the Regiment relax minutes before the parade begins in Doncaster

Soldiers march through DoncasterAn officer waits for the parade to begin

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Soldiers wait for orders at the start of the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterThe people in the town lined the streets, waving and clapping as the troops marched past

Soldiers march through DoncasterThe King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery lead the soldiers through Doncaster

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers carry out an ‘eye’s left’ as they march past the Mansion House in the centre of town

Soldiers march through DoncasterA couple of women enjoy a cuppa as the troops march past

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers march through the centre of Doncaster

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers parade outside Doncaster Civic Hall at the start of the medal parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers stand to attention during the medal parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterA medal bearer carries Afghanistan operational medals

Soldiers march through DoncasterAn officer stands with his sword during the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers stand to attention during the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterLabour leader Ed Miliband was an unexpected visitor to the parade as he visited constituents in the area

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers from 1 RHA on parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterThe Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr David Moody speaks to troops as he presents operational medals

Soldiers march through DoncasterSoldiers ‘stand easy’ during the parade

Soldiers march through DoncasterAn officer stands with his troops as the operational medals are presented

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Soldiers from 1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery prepare to leave the parade square at the end of the parade in Doncaster

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