Soldiers welcome posting to former RAF Cottesmore

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TROOPS who will be moving into RAF Cottesmore when it becomes an Army base say they are looking forward to living in the area.

Troops from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, known as The Poachers, will move into the base when they return from Cyprus next summer.

Among those moving to the base next summer is Pte Robert Halliday-Pegg, 20, who is from Ryhall.

He said: “After hearing that we will be based in Rutland, I’m really looking forward to being so close to my friends and family, who I will see more often.”

Pte Luke Burt, 21, who is from Exton, said he was looking forward to being close to his family.

He said: “It will interesting to work so close to where my family live. I will visit them every chance I get.”

Pte Tom Ward, 19, of Rothley in Leicestershire, said the first thing he would do when he returned was buy a season ticket for Leicester City Football Club.

He said: “This is outstanding news for me.”

They will be among more than 600 soldiers and 180 families from Cyprus, who will arrive in the county. The Battalion will return from Dhekelia in Cyprus, where they are stationed performing security duties.

The soldiers of the Battalion have not been permanently based in the UK since 2007 when they departed to Celle, northern Germany, followed by a second move to Cyprus in 2009.

The Ministry of Defence has also confirmed that 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, from Bielefeld in Germany, will join them in summer 2013, taking the number of families at the base to more than 1,000.

Preparations are underway to turn the RAF Cottesmore base, currently a satellite of RAF Wittering, into the Army base.