Suffolk/Essex: Troops to join Remembrance Sunday Parades and pay their respects to fallen heroes

Troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade joined communities to mark Remembrance Sunday last year.

Troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade joined communities to mark Remembrance Sunday last year. - Credit: Cpl Obi Igbo

Troops from the British Army’s largest brigade will be paying tribute to the sacrifices of the fallen at a series of memorials across Essex and Suffolk this Remembrance Sunday.

The soldiers of 16 Air Assault Brigade will be parading alongside veterans, dignitaries and the public at events near their Colchester, Wattisham and Woodbridge bases on Sunday, November 10.

The brigade’s senior chaplain, the Revd Alan Steele MBE, said: “Remembrance Day and the acts of commemoration which are held on November 11 to remember those who have lost their lives in the service of their country are of great importance both to the nation and to the armed forces.

“It is an honour for the personnel of 16 Air Assault Brigade to stand alongside the communities of Essex and Suffolk and to commemorate the fallen together.”

In Colchester, the remembrance service and silence will be held at the War Memorial in High Street from 11am.

Scores of soldiers led by the Band of The Parachute Regiment will also march through the town centre alongside veterans and youth organisations.

Wattisham’s three regiments will be attending services in Bury St Edmunds, where an Apache helicopter will be flying-past. They will also be attending services in Stowmarket, Needham Market, Aldeburgh and Barking.

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Ipswich will be graced with 200 troops from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps parading to a service at the cenotaph in Christchurch Park, which is also the setting for an Apache flypast. Smaller contingents will be at services in Barking, Ringshall, Long Melford and Battisford.

Hadleigh will be welcoming troops from 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for a parade at 2pm followed by a service at 3pm. Smaller groups will attend morning services in Lavenham, Claydon and Bilderston.

In Woodbridge, a marching contingent of 30 sappers based at Rock Barracks, will join the service in the town. They will also attend services at Grove Court care home in Woodbridge and others in Boyton, Alderton and Melton.