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    Between the 9th and 15th September the last of the British troops to carry out a tour on the Caribbean island of Anguilla will be returning to England.

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    Between the 9th and 15th September the last of the British troops to carry out a tour on the Caribbean island of Anguilla will be returning to England.

    Since March 1969, successive Squadrons of the Royal Engineers have carried out tours of six months duration on the sunshine isle, undertaking a programmer of building and installation to bring much need amenities to the islands inhabitants.

    Although working at only Squadron strength the achievements of the Sappers have been considerable. Working in temperatures of ten in excess of 100 degrees and with few amenities they have worked side by side with locally employed labour to complete an impressive number of projects which will be of tremendous value to the future of the island.

    33 Field Squadron started the work with the construction of a 700 pupil Secondary School, renovation of the existing school and the surfacing of about two miles of roadway. They were followed by a composite detachment from 37 Regiment which constructed a 252 feet long deep water jetty, installed a 75,000 gallon water at the new school and carried out further road surfacing.

    48 Field Squadron's tour was spent in the construction of a school laboratory block, a new school at Island Harbour, a secure lock-up prison, further roadworks, well drilling and a long term electricity scheme. They were succeeded by 52 Field Squadron (Airfields)] who installed street lighting, constructed a jetty warehouse, carried out repairs and maintenance to the electrical services and further extended the road surfacing.

    Finally,m a detachment about 40 strong of 51 Field Squadron (Airfields) have carried out maintenance and minor improvement tasks to ensure that everything was in good order before their departure. The Squadron, which is part of 39 Engineer Regiment from Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, is Commanded by Major L.J. Kennedy, Re, and they will be flying back to the UK aboard Hercules aircraft of the Royal Air Force.

    Major Kennedy, who was the Force Commander during final phase, will leave behind him an island, where since the early troubled days in 1969, the soldiers and the small force of Metropolitan Police have forged many bonds of friendship with the local people and helped to create an atmosphere of pace and security which will enable the islanders to look to the future with renewed hope and optimism.

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