Ipswich welcomed the commanding officer and crew of HMS Quorn as up to 2,000 people cheered and waved flags during a special freedom march and parade.
The Royal Navy warship is affiliated to Ipswich and was granted the Freedom of Entry to the Borough in 2011. On Sunday, the ship’s company “exercised their right” to march through the town, led by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. Cadets and the Royal British Legion also assisted.
The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Bill Quinton, welcomed Lt Cdr Stuart Yates to the Cornhill and then inspected the crew of the mine hunter before they marched through the town centre, cheered on by a crowd who stopped their Christmas shopping to enjoy the stirring spectacle.
The freedom march was the culmination of a five-day visit to Ipswich by HMS Quorn.