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.”