Some of you may remember WO2 Tomas Stringer RLC of 210 Squadron 151 Regiment when he was promoted at our Curry Night in 2016. Subsequently he has become our ‘unofficial’ Field Liaison Officer and has arrange most of the ‘field’ activities that Marketors have been invited to.
As a test for the future, he arranged, through the RFCA, for us to be the guest of King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery to observe them preparing for their 42 gun Royal salute to mark the State visit of the King and Queen of Spain. An early morning start observed the officer’s having a traditional glass of Port in the Mess, before inspecting the King’s Troop on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks and then following four military bands and the eight battalions of the Guards Division they processed to Green Park where they set up a small enclosure for us to see the salute at close quarters.
After the dismissal, the guests walked through Canada Gate, opposite Buckingham Palace, in order for us to get a close up view of the carriage procession and the return of the mounted and foot regiments to their barracks. We then walked behind the last band into Wellington Barracks past Buckingham Palace and back to Wellington Barracks where the Officer’s Mess had laid on a Gurkha curry lunch and a visit to the stables and observed the guns being cleaned. Our guide was Major-General Benjamin Bathurst, CBE., Major-General Commanding the Household Division.
The test was, in everybody’s view, successful and Marketors will be invited to future State events starting with one in November 2017 (it would have been earlier for a certain Trump who is not now coming this year).
Our thanks to Toas, not only for this, but for all the other events he has organised for the Marketors.
Hugh T West
MA (Dist) Marketing FCIM DipM PGDipM
Liveryman and Court Assistant