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1 May 2012, 13:36 | Updated: 1 May 2012, 13:38
Wattisham-based soldiers are being given family tickets for year's Suffolk Show to thank them for the work they do.
The annual agricultural showpiece will again feature a display by the British Army's Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopters. To show their appreciation and support for the military the Suffolk Agricultural Association, which organizes the event, has given 100 family tickets to be shared out among soldiers based at Wattisham.
Today SAA executive director Christopher Bushby and show director David Nunn presented the tickets to Colonel Andy Cash, Commander of Wattisham Flying Station.
In total, 350 family tickets for the Suffolk Show are being given to military families based at Wattisham, Honington, Woodbridge and Colchester. The tickets admit two adults, two children and include a car park pass.
Mr Bushby said: "Once again, in recognition of the tremendous and difficult work the Army is undertaking for us in the frontline and to acknowledge our support to their families and loved ones we are donating these family tickets to the region's bases. The military from this region undertake a fantastic job for us and are an integral part of the Suffolk Show community."
Colonel Cash said: "The Suffolk Show is the key opportunity for Wattisham Flying Station and the Attack Helicopter Force to engage with, and thank, our local community. It allows us to demonstrate the professional people and impressive equipment we have and the capability they provide.
This donation of tickets is a wonderful gesture of support and I would like to thank the Suffolk Agricultural Association for their generosity. I am certain that our soldiers and their families will have a really enjoyable day out at the show."
The show, taking place at Ipswich's Trinity Park on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June, a week later than usual to fit in with the Queens Jubilee Celebrations and the half term holiday.
For more information visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk