Warm welcome home for Royal Lancers

Among the events that have taken place this weekend to mark Armed Forces Day was the return of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers to Northampton

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Soldier killed in Cumbria was from Norfolk unit

Sgt Mark Foley who was killed at an army training base in Cumbria

The wife of a Norfolk soldier who was killed at an army training base has described him as her "soul mate and best friend".

Father-of-two Sergeant Mark Foley served with the Light Dragoons based in Swanton Morley near Dereham. He was killed at an army training base in Cumbria while travelling in a military vehicle on Wednesday.

An investigation into the accident, which injured two other soldiers, is under way.

Paying tribute to her husband, Kelly Foley said: "He was my soul mate and my best friend, who always made me laugh. The best dad ever to Emily and Hannah. He loved us, his job and Hull FC. We will miss him so much."

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Senior, said: "Sergeant Foley was an exceptionally talented, battle-hardened soldier who embodied everything that is good about our profession.

"A consummate professional, he delivered on operations time and time again, accumulating huge experience on the way."

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Westminster concert for military wives

The Colchester military wives choir
The Colchester military wives choir Credit: ITV Anglia

Members of the Colchester Military Wives Choir will be preforming at Westminster today.

They've been invited to sing at a Remembrance concert by Colchester's MP Sir Bob Russell.

Before the concert begins members of the choir will lay a wreath at Westminster Abbey.

Norfolk hosts military exercise

Apache attack helicopters prepare for live firing exercise
Apache attack helicopters prepare for live firing exercise Credit: Ministry of Defence

Army attack helicopters have been taking part in a live firing exercise in Norfolk.

Pilots and ground crew from Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk are about to leave for a four month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

They have been firing the Apache's 30mm cannon, rearming and refuelling at the Stanford Training area near Thetford.

Sea horses on parade as Cavalry head for the beach

by Natalie Gray

Having played a starring role in Shakespeare in Love, Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast is now known around the world for its miles of beautiful white sand.

But long before the Hollywood film, the beach has been a popular holiday destination with people coming back year after year.

Among them, members of the Household Cavalry, who return every summer for a bit of horsing around and a swim in the sea.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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Seaside dip for Household Cavalry

Soldiers and horses of the Household Cavalry have been exercising on the beach at Holkham in north Norfolk.

For 11 months of the year they're based in London with a full calendar of ceremonial duties but they have an annual training visit to the Thetford Battle Training area.

Captain John Rawdon-Mogg says Holkham is a perfect place to go riding with wide flat sand and a calm sea.

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Colchester Garrison's future secured in army shake up

The future of Colchester Garrison appears to be secure after it was named one of the seven major army sites in the UK.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that all those based there at the moment will be staying for the foreseeable future.

But there are changes afoot elsewhere - with some new faces coming to Cottesmore in Rutland, while major units will be leaving Swanton Morley in Norfolk and Honington in Suffolk.

Matthew Hudson reports...

Colchester to remain a major garrison

Colchester Garrison will remain as one of the seven major army sites in the UK.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that all those units and regiments based in the Essex town at the moment will be staying for the foreseeable future.

A shake-up of army bases to accommodate a speeded-up return of all troops from Germany will mean the disposal of seven sites across the country.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the changes would save £240 million a year in running costs as soldiers are moved into "clusters" in key locations.

Returning forces will mainly be stationed around Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Edinburgh and Leuchars, Catterick, Aldershot, Stafford and the East Midlands.

Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016.

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