'Send off' service for Coldstream Guards

'Send off' service for Coldstream Guards

Francis Batt

'Send off' service for Coldstream Guards

Soldiers from Windsor's 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards have attended a 'send off' service in the town before heading to Afghanistan.

The service was held on Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in Claremont Road. It was hosted by King's Church International which is based in Frances Road but regularly meets at Holy Trinity.

The battalion is based at Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street.

During the service the battalion padre Reverend Matt Coles, 34, said: "A padre goes on patrol with the troops. I will be unarmed and will only carry the peace that we practice."

The service began with the KCI Male Voice choir singing a rousing version of Bread of Heaven and ended with the singing of the National Anthem and the prayer of the Coldstream Guards.

KCI will co-ordinate the sending of packages to troops while they are away. Call 01753 832444 or email Paul Webb on pwebb@kcionline.org more details.

Picture by Pieter Rademeyer from Kings Church International.

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