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North Antrim MP reflects on Kenyan Remembrance Day with a difference

Thursday, 16 November 2017

North Antrim MP reflects on Kenyan Remembrance Day with a difference thumbnailMr Paisley with some of his colleagues in Kenya. GB46241 p3

THIS PAST week I have been embedded with the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment in Kenya as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.
30 MPs are allocated inside track places in the three Services - Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. Our Party has an MP in each group and I am on the Army course.
I have to give a minimum of 15 days in the year to Army engagement days. The past 5 days I have spent with the Parachute Regiment at the British Army Training Unit, Kenya.
This is the Army's very impressive training ground for experienced soldiers that includes live fire controlled ranges with full battalion assaults.
This visit coincided with Remembrance Sunday. I usually lay a wreath at a local service but my visit to the troops prevented this.
However, I was afford a very special and privileged opportunity to commemorate our war dead along with parliamentary colleagues and the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
*Full story and pictures in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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