Search

Thousands turn out to welcome Royal Anglian Regiment to Romford

15:47 06 November 2012

iWitness24 picture by Chris Mathieson.

iWitness24 picture by Chris Mathieson.

Thousands of well-wishers turned out to welcome the 1st Batallion Royal Anglian Regiment to Romford today (Tuesday).

iwitness24 picture by Chris Mathieson. Mayor of Havering Cllr Lynden Thorpe delivering her speech.iwitness24 picture by Chris Mathieson. Mayor of Havering Cllr Lynden Thorpe delivering her speech.

The young and old from Havering and beyond braved the cold to cheer the parading ‘Vikings’.

The march ended in Market Place, Romford, where speeches were made before the troops had a reception in a marquee outside Havering Town Hall.

Click play on the video above to see part of the parade.

In her speech Mayor of Havering, Cllr Lynden Thorpe, said: “As our county infantry battalion we are particularly focused on your service and we recognise the sacrifices that both you and you families have made.

“In particular we remember today your 16 comrades who, since 2002, have been killed in action.

“We think about the bereaved families who have lost someone special. We think about those that come home with life changing injuries and we are reminded of how extraordinary and committed our servicemen and women are.”

She added: “We are deeply grateful for your work in defending our nation, protecting our freedom and the freedom of our allies and friends across the world.”

Their commander Lt Col Mick Aston told the Recorder afterwards: “We’re really pleased with the turnout and the support we had from the people of the borough, it was brilliant.

“The troops don’t ask for a lot, but what they really enjoy and what makes them feel extremely proud, is the reception from their friends, family and the community.”

Pick up Friday’s Recorder and keep checking www.romfordrecorder.co.uk to for more from the parade.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Mayor of havering, Cllr Linda Trew comissioned Havering College of Further and Higher Education,  students to create a float. for the New Year’s Day Parade,

The mayor of Havering will dazzle spectators of the New Year’s Day Parade as she travels through the streets of London in a vintage steam train and carriage thanks to Havering College construction students.

Yesterday, 12:00
Christmas jumpers raised enough to build a classroom for less fortunate children

As term came to a close and the ho-ho-holidays were due to start one school allowed its lucky pupils to really get into the festive spirit.

Yesterday, 09:00
CM Atkinson from the Harold Hill Fire Station (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

One mum-of-two proves that being a woman doesn’t make a difference when it comes to fighting fires and saving lives.

Fri, 16:25
Deck the halls with boughs of holly - and doughnuts  (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

“You wouldn’t want to eat one, really – I’ve tried about four and even I don’t like them.”

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.