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Prince Harry praises people in Suffolk for putting up with Apache helicopter flights

Prince Harry at the Suffolk Show Photo: ITV Anglia

Prince Harry has praised the people of Suffolk for putting up with his day and night Apache helicopter flights as he visited the county's agricultural show.

Harry, who flew the deadly aircraft on training missions from the Wattisham airbase, spoke with real affection about the area and its residents during a day spent in Ipswich.

Prince Harry at the Suffolk Show Credit: ITV Anglia

He paid tribute to Suffolk for being "durable, powerful and magnificent" and, in the centenary year of the start of the First World War, highlighted the men from the county who died for freedom.

Surrounded by bellowing sheep in the president's parade ring the Prince gave a speech and made the crowds laugh when he told them he hoped he could be heard despite the noise

It's no accident Britain's greatest landscape painters took their inspiration from Suffolk's huge skies and gentle seas.

I know this because I have had the pleasure of flying Her Majesty's Apaches through those skies over the past years.

Which brings me to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the welcome and kindness I have received during my time as a Suffolk soldier.

It's one thing to have experienced such generosity of spirit, it's quite another to have encountered it from people who have had me buzzing over them and their animals at all hours of the day and night."

– Prince Harry

The prince toured the show, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors over two-days, and saw prize winning farmyard animals, from cattle and sheep to horses, and toured displays of tractors and combine harvesters, and met young farmers and many others associated with the farming industry.