Hundreds of soldiers in the Royal Anglian Regiment paraded at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford yesterday as part of their Regiment’s Golden Jubilee.
As part of the day’s celebrations, soldiers took part in an Act of Remembrance at the Regimental Memorial, a Beating Retreat and a parade with massed bands, along with the release of the new Regimental history, ‘Aden to Afghanistan’. Following tradition, all three of the Regiment’s battalions were also presented with sets of new colours from their Colonel-in-Chief, The Duke of Gloucester.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, Mr Hugh Duberly, along with Ministers, MPs, MEPs and those who support the Regimental Benevolent Fund were all present at the parade and reception.
The last set of colours were presented at Duxford in 1995, the practice of which is thought to stem from Ancient Egyptian times, when carrying colours acted as a rallying point for troops and to mark the location of the Commander. Since 1995, the Royal Anglian Regimental Museum and the Regimental Memorial have been built at Duxford. The Royal Anglian Regiment was formed on the 1st September 1964 and was composed of the old Country Regiments of Norfolk, Soffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Recently, the Regiment’s 1st and 2nd Battalions, based in Bulford and Cottesmore respectively, have returned from operations in Afghanistan, and the 3rd Battalion, the Reserve Battalion, augments the others on operations. The latter has its headquarters in Bury St Edmunds and other companies in Norwich, Lincoln, Leicester and Chelmsford.