Regimental Day at Duxford Sunday 3rd September, the 59th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

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.

Immediately after the Drum Head Service the crowd watched the Regimental Association march past, led by the Cadet Corps of Drums with 6 marching contingents formed of veterans from our: 1st Bn, 2nd Bn, 3rd Bn, 4th Bn, and TA/Reserve Bns, followed by the largest contingent of affiliated cadet detachments yet. The Colonel of the Regiment and our Colonel Cadets, Brigadier Rich Lyne formally thanked the cadets for supporting the day, and presented Colonel of the Regiment Coins for excellence to nominated cadets from the affiliated detachments in our counties.

As ever, the beer tent and regimental shop did a roaring trade in the afternoon, many old friendships were renewed, and an even greater number of old tales were recounted. Some veterans manage to support the Regt Rugby on Saturday, and the Regt Day as well. The weather gods were kind allowing everyone the opportunity to mingle in the sunshine, enjoy the music of the Regimental Band, visit the Regt Heritage Tent, and enjoy free access to the wider Imperial War Museum site. Many took the opportunity to enjoy rides in tracked military vehicles (AFV 432s). The Veteran Support marquee reported that they had made useful contact with many of our veterans.

We can all look back on a very successful day. As ever we are grateful to all those that help to deliver the day. The Colonel of the Regiment thanked Colour Sergeant Glen and Mrs Sandra Keeble for their support for 20 years, presenting Sandra wth a bouquet. Planning for next year is underway.

Images by Trigpoint Pictures

Unusually, in 2024, our Regt Day actually falls on our foundation day, the 1st September, which will be our 60th, our Diamond Jubilee. So, please put it in your diary.


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