Veterans come together for Minden Day

Minden Day parade in Bury.     Martin Bell.
Minden Day parade in Bury. Martin Bell.
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STORIES were shared and old friendships renewed on Sunday at a show of Suffolk military pride.

Ex-comrades from the Suffolk and Royal Anglian Regiments were reunited at Gibraltar Barracks, in Bury St Edmunds, to mark Minden Day.

Minden Day parade in Bury.

Minden Day parade in Bury.

Timed to mark the August 1 anniversary of the Battle of Minden, which took place in 1759, the day saw veterans led in parade by The Minden Band.

The parade was followed by the presentation of a painting of the Battle of Minden to Major Stan Bullock, who led the men on parade for the final time last year after 25 years in the role.

He said it was hard to describe how honoured he was.

“It’s a marvellous thing but you can’t beat having all these people here together to shake my hand and wish me well,” he said.

Minden Day parade in Bury.

Minden Day parade in Bury.

Brigadier Tony Calder addressed the parade and said the day was a chance for old friends to meet.

“This is about the regimental family coming together in a convivial way and renewing old acquaintances.

“Every year I meet people I haven’t seen for 30 or 40 years and it’s a wonderful day,” he said.

Martin Bell, the ex-journalist who completed his national service with the Suffolk Regiment, was also present.

Minden Day parade in Bury.

Minden Day parade in Bury.