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Old soldiers wear their roses proudly at Minden Day celebrations in Bury St Edmunds

Minden Day celebrations at Gibraltar Barracks in Bury St Edmunds

Minden Day celebrations at Gibraltar Barracks in Bury St Edmunds

A celebration of the relationship between the Old Comrades of the Suffolk Regiment and the 21st century soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment took place to mark the Battle of Minden 255 years ago.

Minden Day sees young and old come together to mark the gallantry of the English foot soldiers who faced the onslaught of four horseback charges by the French at Minden in Germany in 1759.

Legend has it that as the soldiers advanced to the battlefield they plucked roses from the gardens they passed through and stuck them in their coats. In memory of this, each of the Minden regiments marks Minden Day wearing roses in their caps.

On Sunday around 1,200 people were at the Minden Day celebrations in Bury St Edmunds and while marking the relationship between historic and present day bravery also reflected on the start of World War One 100 years ago almost to the day.

Gibraltar Barracks is home to the Suffolk Regiment Museum and the Royal Anglians. The service was conducted by the Rev Kenneth Reeve, regimental padre, and the salute was taken by Brigadier Tony Calder accompanied by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Robert Everitt.

Music was provided by bands from Ely and Reydon as well as band members of the Prince Of Wales Own. There were also a selection of military vehicles on show.

 

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