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Bunting for Barrow soldier back from duty in Afghanistan

A PROUD mum has welcomed home “her little hero”, following her daughter’s return from Afghanistan.

Craftsman Kirstie Bamber has just finished her first tour as a vehicle mechanic, having spent six months attached to The Queen’s Royal Hussars.

The 20-year-old, of Hare Ghyll, Barrow, arrived home at 3am yesterday to find her street full of banners, balloons and bunting, after her mum and their neighbours decorated their houses in honour of her return.

Reflecting on her tour after a good night’s sleep, Cfn Bamber said: “It was hard, but then it was easier than I had expected it to be.

“I missed home, but it wasn’t always at the forefront of my mind because you always had other things to do.”

Cfn Bamber was based in Lashkar Gah, where she worked on military vehicles.

But she regularly left the security of the military base on patrol and to deliver spares – travelling to Camp Bastion to pick up food goods and equipment before delivering it to different army bases.

Cfn Bamber was in Afghanistan for four months before returning for her R’n’R in February.

Looking back, she said Christmas was the high point of her experience. She said: “It was actually really, really good.

“We had like a family morning when I went over to where the guys lived on the other side of the compound and we sat and did our secret Santa presents before a massive Christmas dinner.”

Cfn Bamber, whose first month in Afghanistan was her lowest point because of homesickness, said the thing she missed most was her three-year-old niece, Sophie, closely followed by mum Sarajane, dad Mark, brother Luke and his girlfriend Carlie-Anne.

While home, she plans to spend her time off how any woman would – including spending a day shopping in Manchester and a night on the tiles in Barrow.

But Mrs Bamber plans to book in plenty of quality family time with her daughter.

Describing how it feels to have her home, she said: “We’ve spent months worrying about her.

“The people in the street have been asking me, ‘When’s she back’. They’ve known her since she was born and they wanted to join in with welcoming her home.

“I can’t put it into words how proud I am of her.

“She’s my little hero.”

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Well done to Kirstie and her family,you should all be very proud of yourselves.

Posted by Shelly on 26 April 2012 at 09:29

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