A YEAR of planning culminated in an evening of memories and emotions as more than 100 former soldiers were reunited in Sudbury.
In total, 117 members of the First Battalion Royal Anglians met at the Mill Hotel in Walnut Tree Lane to commemorate the 47 years since the group was first formed.
Soldiers from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge and further afield also toasted those comrades who were lost in the Aden and Radfan campaign of the 1960s.
The mission involved troops fighting in Southern Arabia to repel Egyptian attempts to end the British presence in Aden. The conflict went on for three years.
Ron Mortimer, an ex-warrant officer, who organised the event along with captain Malcolm Dawes, said the evening surpassed all his expectations.
“It was a complete and utter success and went far better than I could ever have dreamed,” he said.
Mr Mortimer said the majority of soldiers had travelled from East Anglia, but one had driven eight hours from Scotland to be at the event and another had flown over from the Philippines.
“It brought back a lot of memories and emotions,” said the 66-year-old. “It reminded us what we achieved.”
Mr Mortimer presented the most senior soldier in attendance – Chelsea pensioner Brian Shanks – with a bottle of whisky.