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Ipswich: Royal Anglians say thanks to town after Homecoming Parade

17:21 13 November 2012

Home coming Parade in Ipswich for the 1st battalion The Vikings

Home coming Parade in Ipswich for the 1st battalion The Vikings

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Members of the Royal Anglian Regiment have written to thank the local community for the support they received during the Homecoming Parade through Ipswich last week.

Your messages to the Vikings

Mat Armitage - Well done Vikings. My son is with the 1st Battalion and is on the march today in Ipswich. He is a proud Royal Anglian soldier despite being one of very few Yorkshiremen in the regiment.

Maggie - So proud, welcome home and thank you - your country is very proud of you all !

Gaynor Balding - Our heroes welcome home can’t wait until all our boys are home

Toni Higgs - I’m so pleased you have all come home safely. You have done our country proud. Well done and enjoy your rest time.

Lionel Murfet - Well done to all of our Royal Anglians. Thank you for your courage and professionalism, take care and stay safe.

Patrick - We are so proud of you. Well done

Peter Wright - We the people of Ipswich and on behalf of our country, I and my family would like to say thank you for serving us the people and keeping us safe from harms way but do our political elite feel the same? When you stand on parade at the town hall look up at the four flag poles you will notice that our country’s flag is missing! its always the one being taken down to accommodate other flags and never put back.

The soldiers, from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment (the Vikings), have just completed what should be their final tour of duty in Afghanistan before the last British troops are withdrawn in 2014.

The letter says: “The Royal Anglian Regiment would like to thank Ipswich Borough Council and the people of Ipswich for the magnificent support and warm welcome given to the soldiers of our 1st Battalion –The Vikings – at their Homecoming Parade on the 5th November.

“Our soldiers saw, with their own eyes, the thousands of well wishers on the streets, which will be their lasting memory of a truly great day.

“This generosity of spirit, given by all sections of the community, mattered greatly to The Regiment and has been most humbling.

“The outpouring of goodwill has strengthened further the morale of our soldiers and made them feel that they, and the difficult job that they are called upon to do, are both valued and appreciated by the nation they strive to serve.

“We recruit our soldiers from you.

“They are your sons, your brothers, your husbands, your fathers, your cousins, your nephews and your uncles.

“So your kindness and support has strengthened this special bond between the people of Ipswich and their county infantry regiment. We salute you.”

n Did you take to the streets for the Homecoming Parade? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or you can send an e-mail to starletters @archant.co.uk

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