Bury St Edmunds: Regiment will take part in medal parade

RESIDENTS of Bury St Edmunds are being invited to show their support to the soldiers of 1st Royal Tank Regiment when they attend a Thanksgiving service and receive their Operation Herrick campaign medals.

The medal parade on Wednesday, November 28, will follow a Thanksgiving Service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral that will mark the regiment’s return from Afghanistan and recognise the bravery and sacrifice of the fallen.

The service of Thanksgiving, beginning at 10am, will be lead by the Dean, the Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward.

Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Tollemache, will be presenting the medals.

The parade will then march around Angel Hill and the war memorial to return back to the cathedral, where the parade will fall out.

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Tim Marks, mayor of St Edmundsbury said: “It is an honour to welcome the regiment and I am delighted to have the opportunity to express appreciation of their service to us all.”

The regimental headquarters and other soldiers filled a number of positions throughout Helmand province, from support roles in Camp Bastion to key roles in the Brigade Headquarters.

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Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Britton MBE, said: “I am extremely proud of what the regiment has achieved. Recognition by those at home is deeply appreciated.”

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