Former members of 40 Army Engineer Support Group have returned to the town of Willich 25 years since the closure of a large Royal Engineer base at the town in Germany.

Willich’s Schutzenfest is a traditional annual festival.

This year the hundreds of marchers include soldiers from 35 Engineer Regiment.

In the 1970s, Royal Engineers were granted the Freedom of this German town.

The presence lasted four decades until 40 Army Engineer Group disbanded in 1992.

A quarter of a century later, some of those who served in Willich are back.

They all experienced the nuclear stand-off with Russia that became the Cold War.

Bonds between soldiers formed so long ago in a small German town now seem stronger than ever.