Suffolk

Homecoming parade for RAF personnel in Bury St Edmunds

Members of the RAF regiment based in Suffolk have been on parade in Bury St Edmunds as a homecoming tribute after a six-month tour in Afghanistan.

The gunners remembered senior aircraftmen Kinikki Griffiths and Scott Hughes who both died during the tour.

The marchers left the Abbey Gardens at 1100 GMT to parade through the town to the Apex, a new community venue.

Commanding officer of 1 Squadron RAF Regiment, Sqn Ldr Dave Crook, said the parade march boosted the troops.

"It's a big gap in the squadron when you lose guys but we're mature enough to understand the dangers of our jobs.

"We've just got to get on with it. We're a family - very close, we talk to each other and get through.

"This parade is part of the healing process. The big crowd will boost our morale and help us refocus on the job in hand."

The regiment is based at RAF Honington.

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