33 Engineer Regiment Homecoming Parade in Saffron Walden

33 Engineer Regiment will be marching through Saffron Walden next week to mark their homecoming after six months on tour in Afghanistan.

The regiment, which is based at Carver Barracks in Wimbish, will march through part of the town centre on Friday (October 12) following a memorial service at Carver Barracks in the morning and before a medal ceremony in the afternoon.

The Homecoming Parade starts at 12.30pm and the regiment, accompanied by a marching band, will march from the Common Car Park down Common Hill, along Hill Street and up Market Street to the Market Square.

At Market Square they will salute the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, and Uttlesford District Council Chairman Cllr Christina Cant.

Dignitaries from Saffron Walden Town Council will be present.

The commanding officer of the regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Bell, will speak and thank the people of Uttlesford before Cllr Cant says a few words.

Following that, the regiment will march from the Market Square up Market Hill, along Church Street and back down Common Hill to the Common Car Park for 1.20pm.

The regiment forms part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Task Force, and members of that Task Force who are not in 33 Engineer Regiment will also be present.

Cllr Christina Cant, chairman of Uttlesford District Council, said: “We look forward to welcoming 33 Engineer Regiment to Saffron Walden.

“They have been performing an incredibly difficult and valuable job in Afghanistan for the last six months and I am sure that people will want to come out and show their appreciation on the parade route.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (October 11) Echo.