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23rd April 2019

Ipswich welcomes Regiment after Afghanistan tour


Ipswich is to welcome home 4 Regiment Army Air Corps after their recent tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Wattisham-based regiment has the Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich and will exercise this Freedom with a parade through the town centre and a service of thanksgiving at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park on Wednesday 15th June.

The town will also use the occasion to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

Two of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps’ helicopters will land on the lawn in front of the Mansion and they will be greeted by civic leaders and the military parade marching to the park from the town centre.

A service will commence at 2pm at the Cenotaph after the salute and inspection by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor John Le Grys.

The Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere, said: “This will be a proud occasion for Ipswich and we wish a warm welcome to the regiment, whose courage is an inspiration to us all. I hope members of the public will cheer them on as they march through the town and then join us at the Cenotaph for what will be a moving service.”

Robin Vickery, Chairman of the Ipswich Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “This is a very suitable occasion to remember and celebrate the great work done by the Legion over the past 90 years. The personnel of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps rightly have the Freedom of the Borough and sum up what the Legion was set up for. Nearly a century on, we continue to help and salute our Armed Forces and their dependants.”

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