Crowds Welcome the Vikings

Southend turned out in force on a warm sunny day to welcome and pay respects to 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. The Mayor, The Lord Lieutenant of Essex and The High Sherriff of Essex were in attendance along with James Duddridge MP, David Amess MP and Marc Francois MP. Local Councillors, past Mayors and many guests also came to share the welcome and honour the troops.Southend High Street was lined 7-8 deep along its length and there were was no dissention, just clapping and flag waving. Poignantly a number of those wounded were also present and our town’s graditude was clearly evident.

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