Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Soldiers from Air Assault Brigade help clean up the town’s river

17:04 14 June 2014

Soldiers from the 13 Air Assault Support Regiment aid in cleaning up the river Hythe in Colchester on the 12th of June 2014.  Through out the day the soldiers who are mostly chefs assigned to the different units swapped aprons for all in one wellies to get stuck into a mash of mud and water. This event is to aid in bringing closer ties to the community and the Brigade who are based in Colchester. Photo: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Soldiers from the 13 Air Assault Support Regiment aid in cleaning up the river Hythe in Colchester on the 12th of June 2014. Through out the day the soldiers who are mostly chefs assigned to the different units swapped aprons for all in one wellies to get stuck into a mash of mud and water. This event is to aid in bringing closer ties to the community and the Brigade who are based in Colchester. Photo: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Crown Copyright 2014: This image may be used for current news purposes only.

Soldiers based in Colchester have waded in to help tidy up the town’s former port.

A group of 10 Army chefs from 16 Air Assault Brigade worked alongside Colchester Borough Council staff to remove rubbish from the River Colne at the Hythe, including a car bonnet and the kitchen sink.

The team also pulled out several shopping trolleys, bicycles and tyres. They were supported by a work boat from 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) and a recovery vehicle from 8 Field Company, 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electricla and Mechanical Engineers.

The event was organised by Warrant Officer Class 1 Jim Tallon.

“This is a win-win for everyone involved. We have taken our chefs out of their comfort zone and challenged them to do very different work alongside civilians, which will have developed their leadership and teamwork skills,” he said. “At the same time we have contributed to improving the environment of the River Colne, making Colchester a nicer place for everyone to live.”

Lance Corporal Sam Coote, 24, from Colchester, was among the chefs swapping the cleanliness of the kitchen for the muddy river.

The former Sir Charles Lucas Arts College pupil said: “There’s all sorts of rubbish in the river and it’s been a messy job, but a good experience.

“We’ve had to work as a team to hook the stuff up and pull it onto the bank, using winches, the crane or the boat when we needed extra help, or just brute force.

“It’s been particularly good to get involved in helping to tidy up my home town.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Average speed cameras on the A14 by the Orwell Bridge.

More than 50 drivers a day have been caught speeding over the Orwell Bridge since the average speed cameras became operational in July.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

A driver who “chased” a red Suzuki around Ipswich town centre causing pedestrians to take evasive action has been allowed to keep his licence.

An aerial photograph of Parham Airfield, taken in 2012. Photo: Mike Page.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a man who was found electrocuted after an industrial accident at Parham Airfield.

Stock image.

A man in his 40s has been injured after his motorised glider crash landed in a field near Burgh St Peter in Norfolk on Wednesday evening.

Police at the scene near the River Stour in Sudbury.

The body of an older man has been recovered from the River Stour in Sudbury.

Tom Lawrence

With the end of the emergency loan windows it looks as though football clubs up and down Britain will be in for a busier-than-usual transfer deadline day.

The East of England Coop in Brightlingsea which was ram-raided.

A five-figure sum of money was stolen from a cash machine during a raid at a store in Essex, police have confirmed.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24