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Award for Wattisham officer

A Suffolk based army officer's getting the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his leadership and bravery.

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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.

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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

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.

Norfolk-based soldier killed in Afghanistan named

Sgt Lee Davidson who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. Credit: Ministry of Defence

A Norfolk-based soldier killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb has been named as Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of The Light Dragoons.

The 32-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, died on Sunday after his vehicle was hit while patrolling with the Afghan Uniformed Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district.

The Light Dragoons are based at Swanton Morley in Norfolk.

Sgt Davidson leaves a wife, who is expected a baby daughter, and two sons.

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