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Norfolk man's tributes to our armed forces

PUBLISHED: 12:34 26 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 01 July 2010

RAF reservist Greg Macaree

RAF reservist Greg Macaree

Anthony Carroll

As Greg Macaree took the park and ride bus to work in Norwich, commuters had good reason to raise their eyebrows.

Anthony Carroll

As Greg Macaree took the park and ride bus to work in Norwich, commuters had good reason to raise their eyebrows.

For the management information analyst ditched his tie and shirt yesterday for body armour, a helmet and RAF uniform as he spent the day at his desk at Cable & Wireless Worldwide.

He was in his RAF uniform at his King Street office to promote the role of the nation's reserve armed forces.

As an RAF reservist Mr Macaree, from Hickling, near Great Yarmouth, only knows too well the dangers faced daily by soldiers, airman and sailors as he served in Afghanistan last year.

He donned his Royal Auxiliary Air Force gear and protective equipment to help promote Armed Forces Day today.

As a member of 600 (City of London) Squadron Mr Macaree served as a corporal at the sprawling Kandahar airfield for four months last year.

In between making sure vital computer equipment was kept fully functional, the communications specialist had to duck under tables in his body armour as insurgents regularly rocketed the base.

Mr Macaree was wearing his RAF equipment as part of Uniform to Work day involving the country's 45,000 armed forces reserves to help promote Armed Forces Day.

He said: “It is important to show our support for the guys who are helping to keep our country safe.

“There were quite a few surprised looks when I came into work today.”

His boss Nigel Grimsey, a service support manager, said “Cable & Wireless Worldwide is a proud supporter of uniform at work day and of Greg's involvement in the RAF reserves.”

To mark today's Armed Forces Day an events has been organised in Norwich tomorrow in support of the country's service personnel.

On Sunday at 11am there will be an Armed Forces Day service on Millennium Plain and a then parade in the city centre.

This will be followed by a service of celebration at St Peter Mancroft Church.

Do you think more should be done to celebrate our armed forces?

Contact Evening News reporter Anthony Carroll on 01493 847955 or email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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