Soldiers given free Suffolk Show tickets

Image of (from left) Major Steve Neville 23 Parachute Engineers, Nicola Bateman, chief executive off

Image of (from left) Major Steve Neville 23 Parachute Engineers, Nicola Bateman, chief executive officer, George Harris SAA, Colonel Jason Etherington, Commander of Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk Agricultural Association show director Bill Baker, Squadron Leader David Northeast (RAF), Sergeant Michael Rees (RAF), Mr Robie Silk, Wattisham Station Staff Officer, Mr Sterling Askew, Station Staff Officer for Woodbridge. - Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Soldiers are being treated to a day out with their families at this year’s Suffolk Show.

A demonstration by a Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopter will again be among military highlights of the event at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on May 27-28.

The show will also include an Apache on static display, with reservist ground crew from Bury St Edmunds-based 6 Regiment Army Air Corps showing how it is armed.

To show their appreciation the Suffolk Agricultural Association has donated 400 family tickets for locally-based troops to attend.

Bill Baker, show director, presented the tickets, which will be shared among troops based at Wattisham Flying Station, RAF Honington, Rock Barracks, Woodbridge, and Merville Barracks, Colchester, to Colonel Jason Etherington, Commander of Wattisham Flying Station.


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Mr Baker said: “We recognise there are a lot of service personnel based in Suffolk and it is important we recognise their efforts on behalf of the country and give something back to them and their families.”

Colonel Etherington added: “The Suffolk Show is a hugely significant event for the community, which we in the military form a part of.

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“This donation of tickets is a wonderful gesture and I would like to thank the Suffolk Agricultural Association for their generosity.”

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