Soldiers to be honoured in town

BRAVE soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq will be honoured with the freedom of entry to the borough of Ipswich on Sunday.

BRAVE soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq will be honoured with the freedom of entry to the borough of Ipswich on Sunday.

The ceremony will take place during a special parade for the Territorial Army's 202 (Ipswich) Transport Squadron 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (Volunteers).

Granting the soldiers freedom of entry bestows the right to march through the town with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.

The TA unit follows in the proud tradition of HMS Ganges, the Royal Anglian Regiment (successor to the Suffolk Regiment), the Royal Army Medical Corps and, more recently, HMS Grafton and 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham.


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The TA unit has provided valuable support to regulars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Members will be inspected on Sunday by the Mayor of Ipswich, David Hale, and Major General Shouesmith, Honorary Colonel for the corps.

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The soldiers will march from Black Horse Lane at noon and will line up on parade on the Cornhill at 12.15pm.

After the inspection and speeches they will march back through the town centre before the mayor and Maj Gen Shouesmith take the salute from the Town Hall steps at 1pm.

They will then attend a civic reception at the Corn Exchange.

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