December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
There was a celebratory atmosphere as soldiers completed an energy sapping trek and joined their families for an end of summer party.
Around 100 troops from 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) based at Rock Barracks, near Woodbridge, enjoyed some fun in the sun yesterday.
Following a gruelling 10 mile, two-and-a-half-hour march through Rendlesham Forest and Sutton Heath they headed to the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo for an afternoon of activities. The soldiers - who were each carrying packs weighing 18kg to simulate the equipment used during operations - were greeted by their families for an outdoor picnic, barbecue, live music and fun activities.
Captain Mark Borley, 2 Troop Commander, said: “We wanted to welcome soldiers and families back to the regiment after summer leave and a busy period prior. The British Army places a premium on the maintenance of high levels of fitness and morale, which includes looking after its wider family.
“Personnel within the regiment are constantly held at high readiness, ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to react to international incidents. To guarantee success it is imperative that our soldiers are fit and ready to go at a moment’s notice.”
The National Trust threw the party for the soldiers as a show of thanks for their commitment and bravery.
Lizzie Rohde, Sutton Hoo’s visitor experience manager, said: “The troops at Rock Barracks do a difficult but very important job in protecting our nation and it is nice to do something to show our appreciation.
“We wanted to show our local boys how grateful we are and so offered to throw them a family party at the end of their long and arduous march.”
Sutton Hoo is an internationally important archaeological site, famous for its Anglo-Saxon burial mounds and the hoard of warrior’s treasure thought to have belonged to King Raedwald.