Suffolk still supports our troops

OVER recent weeks there have been fears expressed by some senior officers in the forces that the British were falling out of love with our troops.Senior generals have felt that the British public don't understand what troops are doing in hotspots like Afghanistan and Iraq and don't appreciate the very difficult job they are engaged in.

OVER recent weeks there have been fears expressed by some senior officers in the forces that the British were falling out of love with our troops.

Senior generals have felt that the British public don't understand what troops are doing in hotspots like Afghanistan and Iraq and don't appreciate the very difficult job they are engaged in.

That certainly is not true here in Suffolk where the campaign to get people to send “blueys” to troops on the front line has struck a chord.

Thankfully the Royal Anglian regiment which has taken such a battering in Afghanistan is soon due to return home - but troops from Wattisham are even now preparing for combat in this difficult part of the world.

The conflicts may be controversial, many people feel our troops should not be fighting on the other side of the world.

But almost everyone recognises the courage and self-sacrifice being shown by young men and women who are prepared to put their lives at risk in dangerous parts of the world.

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When people oppose the wars, their argument is with the politicians who made the decision to send the troops - not with the troops themselves.

And that is a message that has been taken to heart here in Suffolk as people from all walks of life are showing just how much the soldiers' dedication means to them.

Keep the messages coming to the troops.

IPSWICH Town's miserable run of away losses thankfully came to an end last night at Burnley - but the team did not come away with all three points as looked likely after they built up a two-goal lead in the first 10 minutes.

Once again the problem is the same as it has been for the last four years - a leaky defence.

At least this year Jim Magilton seems to have sorted out the strike force and the midfield - but now he really must turn his attention to a back four which remains one of the most generous in the Championship, especially on the road.

The club has shipped 11 goals in its last four away games - almost three a game. That is not the kind of form you expect from a club with aspirations of a top-half finish.

The defence has certainly looked meaner at home this year - but now attention must be turned to its woeful performances away from the comfort zone of Portman Road.

AMID all the turmoil of this world, it is wonderful to be able to show off the delightful picture of George Ellis who found a seal pup at Bawdsey Quay.

The British are a nation of nature lovers - and simple discoveries like this leave an indelible mark on a young mind.

Whatever the problems faced by the world, a close encounter with a beautiful animal that shares the planet with us can make everything look a little bit better.

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