Army reservists from The Tigers B (Royal Sussex) Company, 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment have now officially taken up residence in the Army Reserve Centre in Seaside.
The occasion was marked last Wednesday evening by a flag changing and beret changing ceremony in the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, mayor of Eastbourne Janet Coles and other distinguished guests.
The platoon of reserve soldiers, many whom have transferred over from the outgoing 56 Signal Squadron, took off their blue berets for the last time and proudly put on their new headdress with the 3PWRR cap badge.
Lieutenant Colonel John Baynham, Commanding Officer, 3PWRR, said it was a ceremony filled with mixed emotion but that the army reserve soldiers are all looking forward to a positive future, working together to encourage new recruits and are keen to get involved with and support the local community.
“The 3rd Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment are hugely privileged to be welcomed so warmly into Eastbourne by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and the mayor of Eastbourne. The town has been served remarkably well by 56 Signal Squadron over recent years and B Company intends to continue their hard work in support of the local community.
“As the Army restructures, this change brings the closing of one chapter, but the opening of another and we offer those that join our unit a variety of interesting and demanding Infantry training and operations at home and abroad. As the Infantry Regiment of the South East, the Tigers are always looking for recruits, Regular and Reserve. Our soldiers will parade each Wednesday evening from 8-10pm and invite anybody with a sense of adventure between the ages of 18 and 35 to come and see what we are about.”