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Reservists march out of Swaffham for last time

Guests to Swaffhams Army Reserves Centre were treated to an afternoon of military splendour when they attended a Drumhead service and parade on Saturday.

Soldiers from 677 (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Squadron, 6 Army Air Corps, were on parade at Sporle Road to mark the relocation of their Flight.

A Drumhead Service was held at midday followed by a short parade that saw the soldiers march out of the Army Reserve Centre for the final time. Music was provided by The Band of the Parachute Regiment.

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Guests to Swaffhams Army Reserves Centre were treated to an afternoon of military splendour when they attended a Drumhead service and parade on Saturday. Soldiers from 677 (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Squadron, 6 Army Air Corps, were on parade at Sporle Road to mark the relocation of their Flight. A Drumhead Service was held at midday followed by a short parade that saw the soldiers march out of the Army Reserve Centre for the final time. Music was provided by The Band of the Parachute Regiment. NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read - Corporal Andy Reddy RLC Email: andyreddy@mediaops.army.mod.uk richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk shanewilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk

It was the end of an era in Swaffham at the weekend as the town’s Army reservists marched out of their headquarters for the last time.

Community leaders including the town’s Mayor, Anne Thorp, attended the ceremony at the Army Reserve Centre in Sporle Road on Saturday.

The service marked the relocation of the Swaffham flight of the 677 Norfolk and Suffolk Squadron to link up with colleagues based in Norwich or at the squadron’s headquarters in Bury St Edmunds.

Although the Swaffham building will still be used by the town’s Army cadet group, Saturday’s service brought the curtain down on an era of Army service in the town which stretches back to the 1930s.

Around 20 soldiers are affected by the move and Captain Chris Tate, of the 677 squadron, said: “The Army Reserve needed to be shaped to meet future challenges.

“Our soldiers realise that and although Saturday marked an end of an era here in Swaffham we look forward to the future and I know our soldiers remain committed to being part of the Army Reserve. It is our people that are our most important asset. Considerable time and training is invested in our people to ensure that they are ready to fulfil their military role when required to do so.

“The move of our Swaffham flight will ensure we continue to deliver effective and efficient training.”

 

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