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Sunday, 11 November 2007, 12:59 GMT
Fire crews' 25th Menin Gate visit

Members of Surrey's fire service have marked their 25th consecutive year of attendance at the Armistice Day parade held at the Menin Gate in Belgium.

They presented a commemorative teak bench to St George's Memorial Church, in Ypres, as well as a piper's uniform to the Last Post Association.

A mayoral reception was held at Ypres Town Hall ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The service's Drill Section has forged links with Belgian colleagues since its first visit to the Menin Gate in 1982.

Members of the fire service in Ypres have visited Guildford Cathedral on several occasions for events celebrating the union.

The commemorative bench will sit in the garden of St George's Memorial Church.

It was opened and dedicated for worship in March 1929, as a tribute to the thousands of men who died on the Ypres Salient battlefields.

The piper's uniform was presented to be worn by the bugler in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: "We sincerely hope that our association with the Belgian people will continue to strengthen and grow in our mutual commitment to remembrance and peace in our time."