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Leiston: Parade follows in footsteps of town’s First World War troops

PUBLISHED: 12:18 20 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:18 20 July 2014

Leiston World War One commemoration day.

Leiston World War One commemoration day.

Veterans followed in the footsteps of fallen colleagues as they marched through a Suffolk town to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The parade in Leiston partially followed the route of the town’s H company of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, on their way to Leiston station to set off for wartime service on August 5, 1914, the day after war was declared.

The parade passed through Old Post Office Square, pausing at the Old Railway Station, before continuing to the Alde Valley Sixth Form Centre Field for a Drumhead Ecumenical Service of commemoration.

The afternoon featured an open-air band concert of music of the First World War period community stalls, and children’s activities.

A new Leiston in the Great War exhibition was also officially opened at the Long Shop Museum.

A formation of Lynx helicopters made a stop at Wattisham Flying Station today to mark the end of the aircraft’s distinguished 40-year career with the British Army.

A former head teacher from Saffron Walden who was found with “horrific” child abuse images has avoided jail.

A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested in connection with a ram-raid in Long Melford.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

More than four thousand people have signed a petition launched by a concerned Mum, urging the county council to scrap a controversial consultation into cutting free school transport.

Ipswich Town Hall is preparing for its 150th birthday with a major celebration at the end of the month.

A 26-year-old man who was wanted on recall for prison after breaching the terms of his licence has been found.

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