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Freedom of Ipswich for Air Corps

PUBLISHED: 01:32 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK-based soldiers from the Army Air Corps are to be granted the Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich.

They will be able to march through the town with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying during a special ceremony next spring.

SUFFOLK-based soldiers from the Army Air Corps are to be granted the Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich.

They will be able to march through the town with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying during a special ceremony next spring.

Ipswich Council has decided to offer the freedom of the borough to 4 Regiment Army Air Corps which has been based at Wattisham Airfield since 1994.

Council leader Peter Gardiner told a full meeting of the borough last night that since its arrival, the regiment had played an active role in local life.

It was represented at Remembrance Day ceremonies in the town, many of the soldiers lived in Ipswich, and they had taken part in many charitable events in the area.

A close working relationship had built up between the regiment and civic leaders from Ipswich.

The Freedom would also recognise the regiment's important role in peace-keeping missions and military campaigns around the world.

Mr Gardiner said it had been active in the Balkans and the Middle East, and had only recently returned from an extended exercise in Oman when it had been ready for action in Afghanistan.

The move was backed by Conservative leader Stephen Barker who said the honour would recognise the work of the regiment both at home and abroad.

It was also backed by the Liberal Democrat group before being overwhelmingly approved by councillors.


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