Soldiers celebrate nearly 400 years of military history at Essex reception

PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:39 02 December 2016

Councillor John Aldridge, chairman of Essex County Council makes a speech at a reception at County Hall in Chelmsford to celebrate the Armed Forces in the county. Photo: Cpl Georgina Coupe

Councillor John Aldridge, chairman of Essex County Council makes a speech at a reception at County Hall in Chelmsford to celebrate the Armed Forces in the county. Photo: Cpl Georgina Coupe

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Soldiers from Carver Barracks in Wimbish were celebrated at a special anniversary reception last night (Thursday, December 1) alongside other members of the Armed Forces in Essex.

33 and 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiments attended the event, hosted by Essex County Council (ECC), to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Corps of Royal Engineers.

The two units, which specialise in finding and clearing explosive devices, are made up of regular and reserve soldiers and both recently completed tours of Afghanistan.

16 Air Assault Brigade, based at Colchester’s Merville Barracks, also attended to mark 75 years since the first British airborne brigade was established, along with the county’s army reserve units.

Councillor John Aldridge, chairman of ECC, who hosted the event at County Hall, Chelmsford, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome representatives of the Armed Forces based in Essex to County Hall and the event was a fantastic occasion.

“Marking anniversaries like this is a great way of reminding ourselves of how important our Armed Forces are, and I thank them for their continued service both locally and across the world.”

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