Our Regimental Day is an opportunity for our Regimental Family to take part in a service of commemoration at our Regimental Memorial, as well as being our annual reunion. It is always held on the first Sunday in September, appropriately close to the anniversary of the formation of the Regiment on the 1st of September. The scene well, with our Regimental Memorial looking cared for and dressed for the occasion, and all marquees with all the supporting elements in place. The day was blessed with glorious sunshine. The formal and traditional drumhead service at our Regimental Memorial is an appropriate way to start the day.
Our Regimental Band, our Association Standards and the Colour Party from our 3rd Bn all add to the military ceremony, enjoyed by all. The service was led by our Assistant Honorary Chaplain for Cambridgeshire, the Reverend Alan Jesson. All 500 seats were occupied, with at least the same number on the grass around the seating.
The whole regimental family was represented, including: families of the fallen, our In-Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, our veterans, regular soldiers, reserve soldiers and our Cadets. The Regimental Band provided excellent musical support to the service, during which we remembered our fallen. Rev Alan Jesson gave a thought-provoking address about military service.
At the conclusion of the service the newly appointed Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Dom Biddick gave a summary of the Regiment’s busy year, including the co-location of our 1st and 2nd Battalions at Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore, bringing the Regiment many challenges and opportunities.