They put their lives at risk serving their country - and next week the efforts of Norfolk and Suffolk’s soldiers will be marked with a special parade through a town.

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Ist Battallion - The Vikings

The Vikings are the 1st Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment, a Light Role Infantry Battalion that recruits from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

In 2007, the Battalion deployed in Helmand, Afghanistan. During what was a particularly demanding six month tour, the Battalion gained over 70 awards for bravery - including a Distinguished Service Order, six Military Crosses and a Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

In August 2009, The Vikings returned to Helmand and are currently deployed again on their fourth tour.

Before Afghanistan, the Battalion served in Iraq, Bosnia, Croatia, Northern Ireland and Belize. In order to remain ready for operations, The Vikings have trained in Africa, Canada, USA, Oman and throughout the UK.

On Wednesday, November 7 hundreds are expected to line the streets of Diss for the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment’s homecoming parade.

The parade is to mark the recent return from a six-month tour of Afghanistan and the regiment will also be given the freedom of the town.

To honour their efforts we are asking people to leave their messages of support, goodwill and tribute to the regiment.

We will then publish your messages on ths website and some of them will appear in a special preview to the parade next Wednesday.

The event is expected to run from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Mere Street, Market Place, Market Hill and St Nicholas Street will be closed from 8.30am to 2pm, while Roydon Road from Crown corner to Louie’s Lane will be closed from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

There will be no parking along the entire route, plus in Mount Street as far as Weavers Court and Lower Denmark Street between Stanley Road and the car park entrance on Fair Green. Chapel Street will be open to two-way traffic.

All SNC car parks will be free on the day except the Weavers Court car park which will be restricted to use by the invited guests, and the Church Street car park which will be for disabled use only.

There will be a disabled viewing area on Market Hill and drivers will be able to drop disabled passengers off.

For the general public there will be additional parking at Fair Green and overflow parking at Diss Town Football Club.

Messages of support and appreciation for the troops from people in Diss will be displayed in a shop window at the bottom of Mere Street.

TO LEAVE YOUR MESSAGE PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK ON THE RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE PAGE.

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  • Welcome home Boys

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    turnover

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

  • They should pull all forces out of Afghanistan now,before another brave soldier gets killed,it is a futile war that is not worth the loss in life.History that teaches us the country is a basket case best avoided,is obviously ignored by the political pygmies who put these men in harms way.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

  • Shame that Norwich can't welcome the lads and lasses home, plus midweek and after the kids go back to school. Other than that gripe..a big thanks!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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