Memories of a brave local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan will live on for ever in the area he loved.
It has been decided a new housing development in Diss will feature Private James Grigg and the Vikings, part of the Royal Anglian Regiment which he had served with for little more than a year.
Pte Grigg, 21, of Stradbroke, was killed when an IED exploded as he went deep into Taliban territory attacking insurgents when they least expected it.
His family and the Royal Anglians have supported the idea and have asked to be in Diss for a poignant naming ceremony of homes, off Willbye Avenue, created by Saffron Housing. They will be called Grigg Close and Viking Close.
Pte Grigg’s father, Michael, told the Express: “We are very honoured and proud. It is a nice way of remembering.
“It is fantastic. It does help a lot. It is not an easy time at the moment, especially with Remembrance Sunday coming up.”
The street naming is subject to a 30-day consultation period.
The first homes should be completed for the naming ceremony next February or March.
Pte Grigg died in March, 2010, and was given a military funeral the following month in Stradbroke.
The driving force of the initiative to honour the soldier and the Viking Regiment has been former Diss Mayor and current town councillor Graham Minshull, who has liaised with the family, regiment, South Norfolk Council and Saffron Housing, where he sits on the board.
He told the Diss Express: “It is important that we support people who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
“After the Vikings had their Freedom Parade last year, we wanted to so something that would continue a living link with the regiment.
“I think this is a fitting tribute to Pte Grigg to recognise he made the ultimate sacrifice.
“The family and the regiment have already requested to attend.
“The family were very emotional.”
Michael Grigg said the family was pleased that the Viking name was being recognised too in the new housing development. He expected that a large contingent from the family and the regiment would attend the ceremony for the street naming.
The Willbye Avenue development will feature three bungalows for the disabled as well as four or five homes for general needs, which will be available to rented.
Pte Grigg’s first passion had been for cricket and he even coached players at his school after he left.
Stradbroke Cricket Club, the team he played for, has since been renamed Stradbroke Vikings in his honour.
But then he developed his passion for serving with the Vikings and his service brought many tributes.
He lost lis life together with Lance Corporal Scott Hardy, from the same battalion.
He was utterly loyal to the regiment. He had only been in the battalion just over a year when he deployed with The Vikings to Afghanistan where he served in A (Norfolk) Company.
He was described by Lieutenant Colonel James Woodham, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment as: “Friendly, polite and endlessly helpful, he was a real team player that you would want to have on your team.
“He was reliable - a man you could trust.”