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The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2816880)
The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2816880)

Sudbury’s branch of the Royal British Legion joined forces with the town council to commemorate Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

The civic day is held each year to recognise the service of men and women in the Armed Forces, both serving and ex-serving personnel.

Leading the parade were pipers from the Colchester and District Pipe Band, followed by standard bearers carrying the branch flags and the RAF standard.

The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2816848)
The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2816848)

Around 40 people took part in the parade, which started from outside Nationwide at the bottom of Market Hill at 10.30am, including Sudbury Air Cadets.

Marching to the town hall, parade members listened to a speech by Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres and a prayers by branch padre Cheryl Collins.

Afterwards, the parade was dismissed by deputy parade marshal Keith Bunn.

The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2816852)
The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2816852)

Sudbury Royal British Legion branch vice-chairman Colin Smith said: “Everything went off very well. We had two PSCOs in attendance to support us.

“This is a national civic day to commemorate veterans, as well as serving members of the Armed Forces.”

Also officiating were British Legion branch chairman Stuart Hume and town clerk Jacqueline Howells.

The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2817009)
The Armed Forces Day parade in Sudbury.. (2817009)