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The Royal Anglian Regiment will parade through Haverhill after being awarded the freedom of the town

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Soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment will be given a hero’s welcome on Sunday, October 6, as residents of Haverhill and district are invited to celebrate the regiment exercising the freedom of the town.

The 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiments, also known as The Vikings, will parade through the town centre, led by The Royal Artillery Band.

Haverhill has a long association with the regiment (and its predecessor the Suffolk Regiment) as many men from the town and local area have served with them in various conflicts and trouble spots throughout the world including WW1 and WW2.

The Royal Anglian Regiment on parade. Contributed photo
The Royal Anglian Regiment on parade. Contributed photo

The regiment was granted the Freedom of Haverhill, the town’s highest civic honour, by Haverhill Town Council on June 18.

This ceremonial decree allows the regiment to march through the town in full splendour, with bayonets fixed, drums beating, band playing and colours flying.

The parade will leave from Haverhill Market Square at 3pm, proceed through the town centre and back to the Market Square where Haverhill Mayor Cllr John Burns will join senior regimental officer Colonel Guy Foden to inspect the troops and take the salute.

Cllr Burns said: “It is a likely to be a very moving day and I feel very privileged to award such a high honour to 1st Battalion Royal Anglians. We hope that lots of flag waving local residents will come into town to witness this exciting spectacle.”

The Royal Anglians has recently returned from duty in Afghanistan.

Road closures will be in place in the town centre during the day and in Ehringshausen Way, Lordscroft Lane and Hamlet Road.