Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds were treated to the dramatic spectacle of a multi million pound Apache Attack helicopter coming in to land on Angel Hill on Saturday as part of an Army reserves recruitment event.
Some 60 reservists were in town to help promote the role they play in a military environment which will rely more and more on the part time soldiers in the future.
The helicopter from Wattisham, which plays a vital role in the military presence in Afghanistan, was piloted by Captain Sam Blackmore and Staff Sgt Liam Farrell from 3 Army Air Corps.
However the day was very much that of showcasing the work the reservists in our region do.
Among the groups attending were 6 Army Air Corpse based at Newmarket Road, 3 Royal Anglians from Bury, the Royal Logistics Corps from Grantham, 158 Transport Regiment from Ipswich, 3 Military Intelligence Unit from Cambridge, the Suffolk Army Cadet Force and 2623 RAF Auxiliary from Honington. The Suffolk Police recruiting team were also present recruiting specials.
Captain Chris Tate from 6AAC said there had been a steady stream of people visiting but the blustery winds on Saturday meant the helicopter had to leave earlier than planned.
Reservists from 6AAC undertake regular tours of duty to Afghanistan.
Under re-organisation plans the Army needs to find up to 30,000 reservists by 2018.
If you are interested in joining the reserves contact 01284 718471 or go to Army Jobs