Gallery: Gunners from Colchester’s Merville Barracks join Ipswich Town footballers to honour fallen soldiers

Airborne gunners have joined with football players and fans in Ipswich to mark Remembrance.
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Airborne gunners have joined with football players and fans in Ipswich to mark Remembrance. Troops from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) lined the centre circle at Ipswich Towns Portman Road ground before todays (8 Nov) match against Watford. A minutes silence honoured military personnel who have given their lives in service of this country since the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. 7 Para RHA, which is based at Colchesters Merville Barracks, also put on a display of its vehicles and equipment, including a 105mm Light Gun, outside the ground for fans to learn about the unit.� NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read - Corporal Andy Reddy RLC Email: andyreddy@mediaops.army.mod.uk richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk shanewilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk - Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Airborne gunners joined with Ipswich Town footballers and fans yesterday to mark Remembrance.

Before yesterday’s match against Watford, troops from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) based at Merville Barracks, Colchester, lined the centre circle at Portman Road for a minute’s silence to honour military personnel killed or wounded on operations.

As they marched off the pitch, the troops were given a standing ovation by the crowd of 22,490, who went on to watch the Blues win 1-0.

Outside the ground, 7 Para RHA put on a display of the vehicles and equipment, including a 105mm Light Gun, it uses in its role within 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s rapid reaction force.

Captain Richard Bociek said: “It is important that we join with the community to mark Remembrance and my soldiers are proud to have represented the military at Portman Road.

“The silence before the match was impeccably observed by the crowd and a very poignant tribute to the fallen.

“This has also been a great opportunity to come out into the local community and build links with Ipswich Town.

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“All of the fans we spoke to were very supportive and interested to find out about who 7 Para RHA are and what we do.”

On Thursday, Ipswich Town players Paul Anderson, Jonny Williams and Tyrone Mings visited 7 Para RHA at Merville Barracks to gain an insight into military life.

They joined troops doing ground training for parachuting; and climbed aboard the camp’s Dakota - the aircraft used for Second World War parachute operations.