Town tribute to armed forces

AT EASE: Gathered serving soldiers stand in line on Market Hill
AT EASE: Gathered serving soldiers stand in line on Market Hill
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Sudbury showed its support for men and women who serve – and who have served – in the country’s armed forces on Saturday.

The town played host to an Armed Forces Day parade, led by the Colchester Pipe and Drum Band.

Along with veterans and current service personnel, parade participants marched from Nationwide on Market Hill to the town hall where mayor Adrian Osborne made a speech.

Prayers were led by the Rev Gregory Webb, and the event was supported by the Sudbury branch of the Royal British Legion.

In Glemsford, The Cherry Tree pub held a charity event in celebration of Armed Forces Day, with villagers dressing up for the occasion.

Organiser Jacqui Blades said: “It was a fabulous day with many of the village attending in 1940s fancy dress. The pub itself was camouflaged and dressed with tents and bunting. This is the second year the village has done this event.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care and The Invicta Foundation in Colchester, which supports wounded forces personnel on their return home, benefited from the £375 raised from the event.

As well as the UK, several nations hold an Armed Forces Day each year.

The aim is to raise awareness of those who currently serve their country in the Army, Navy and Air Force.