Soldiers from across the North West have recorded Christmas messages for their families back in the UK.
Despite a busy schedule and the blistering heat the soldiers at a small base called Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan found time to relax and enjoy some festive spirit.
Between guard shifts and maintaining vehicles the soldiers sent messages back to loved ones in the UK that could be watched on Christmas day.
Most of the soldiers at the base are from the 2 Royal Anglian Battalion but there are soldiers from units across the UK including the 21 Signals Regiment in Devon and Army Reservists from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
The soldiers took part in a series of challenges in an attempt to be crowned omelette challenge and header champions of Helmand Province.
Football fever gripped the camp as soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attempted to break the record for the “header bin challenge”.
Despite their best efforts they didn’t manage to break the record. As UK forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the Lashkar Gah base is due to close early next year.
As the Afghan Forces continue to take responsibility for security in the area the UK forces have been focussing on the logistical challenges of returning all their kit back to the UK.
Bombadier Dave Grice from Morecambe, (pictured) serving with 39 Royal Artillery at Main Operating Base wishes his lovely wife and son a very Merry Christmas and is looking forward to coming home in the New Year.
Visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k9ofhfjtrt0iu4p/n5zPoFg8fE to view all the Christmas messages.