02/03/2008

Thurrock salutes the Royal Anglians

Posted in Armed Services, Ceremony at 10:05 pm by henrysgauntlet

What a grand day it was in Grays on Thursday when the Royal Anglians had their Homecoming Parade.

The Regiment returned from Afghanistan before Christmas, and this Royal Anglians Homecoming Parade Grays February 2008was the opportunity for the people of Thurrock to show their appreciation of and support for these soldiers who have been fighting for their country and putting themselves in great danger.

C (Essex) Company of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, led by Major Phil Messenger, paraded from Sherfield Road into New Road, halting by the Civic Offices, where the company was inspected by the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Mrs Diane Revell.   The parade then continued to the end of New Road, before turning back along the road for a civic salute taken by the Mayor and Lt Col Dennis Vincent, Royal Anglians.   The company then marched to Sherfield Road before dispersing.

There was a good turnout of Councillors, Member of Parliament, and respresentatives of Mayor and Colonel take the salutelocal ex-services organizations.   Particularly pleasing was to see groups of children who had been brought from local schools.   Both the soldiers and the Mayor spent some time talking to the children after the ceremony.

Both sides of New Road were packed with onlookers, and the  Royal Anglians received a huge cheer and sustained applause when they first appeared, and that continued throughout the parade.

Well done Thurrock for hosting a Homecoming Parade for these brave young soldiers.

Our thoughts and thanks are with them, and with the families of the nine of theirAn old comrade and the Standard number who lost their life in Afghanistan.

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