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Troops get tasty reminder of home
Oatcake being made in Stoke-on-Trent
The oatcake has historical links with Stoke-on-Trent
The Staffordshire Regiment in Iraq is being given a taste of home over Christmas as two firms have decided to send 1,200 oatcakes to the troops.

The pancakes, donated by JJ Traditional and Hulme Oatcakes in Stoke-on-Trent, will be flown to Basra and distributed around the bases.

Historically, they were popular with workers in the city's booming pottery and mining industry.

A spokesman for Hulme Oatcake said the number of pancakes just kept growing.

"It started at 10 dozen and it just escalated," he added.

I was there (in Iraq) last year and one thing you get fed up of is the cook house food - It's is good but, it's just the same thing day in and day out
Sgt Major Bomber Brown

The regiment received national publicity in September 2005 when two soldiers were pictured leaping from their burning Warrior troop carriers in the city of Basra.

A third soldier, the gunner, received 37% burns to his body.

Sgt Major "Bomber" Brown is overseeing the delivery.

He told BBC News that the troops do get fed up with their daily meals.

"I just thought it would be a taste of home for the lads.

"I was there (in Iraq) last year and one thing you get fed up of is the cook house food - It's is good but, it's just the same thing day in and day out."




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