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Arborfield Old Boys Association Reunion 2011

Mick Cheeseman

 

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My last Arborfield gathering and parade

 

2011 sadly saw the last Arborfield Old Boys Association Reunion parade not only on the old square but at Arborfield. Members of the 62 intakes were desperately hoping that we would get to hold our 50th Anniversary Reunion at Arborfield but with the current plans now set into action it is not to be.

(see John Swarbrick’s update on the 62'ers page and the Association web site at >>>>>> http://arborfieldoldboys.co.uk/arborfield_future.html

 

I arrived at the Sgt’s Mess on the Saturday morning  in time to book in and get my kit into the Sgt’s Mess annexe block and then make my way with Terry Houghton and John Clay over to the old Regimental Square. Junior Company block still stands at the top of the square but not a lot else. Having formed up and executed an “open order right dress” we marched onto the square to the sound of the Pipes & Drums from Rochester, Old Boy Alex Burt (62A) still blowing away as good as ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Duty Piper - Alex Burt

Bar B Q Time at the Sgt’s Mess

The REME Museum

Getting on parade

The Old Gates opened for the last time

Carl Powell, Terry Houghton & John Clay

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It was for me once again a splendid reunion, wonderful to see old comrades from across the years at the school. Its was particularly rewarding to meet up again with Carl Powell, Terry O'Sullivan, Terry Houghton and John Clay from 62C, I am hoping that for 2012 we are able to gather a few more of our number. Our sincere thanks to Bill Cleasby and the committee for all their hard work in producing once again a terrific weekend. Bill has now stood down from the post of Hon Sec and handed over the reigns to David Schofield 65A, (younger brother of our Ken (C Coy) who sadly died in 1997) who I know will be be a very able successor. See you all next year.  (Click on the thumb nails for larger pictures)

The AGM was a lively one when the subject of the closure of the garrison and a future venue for the Association Reunions came up, the vote for the Hotel in Hinckley and the parade to be held at the National Memorial Arboretum was carried by a large majority. (see links on the 62’ers page)

 

There wasn’t a lot of time to draw breath and get a shower after the AGM  before Alex Burt was piping us in to dinner in the “Regimental Restaurant”. I don’t know quite how the committee did it but 220 were seated by the time Alex ran out of puff. The wine flowed and a splendid evening was had by all, a big thank you to the serving staff for doing such a terrific job.

 

After dinner the 62’ers left standing had a night cap in the Sgt’s Mess and viewed and discussed John Swarbrick’s clothing catalogue for next years 50th Anniversary. Details of the “T” shirts, Polo shirts, Sweat Shirts and hats can be found at Aniversary Clothing. (There will be some further amendments to the page in the near future re pricing etc in the meantime please contact John)

 

 

The reviewing Officer for the day was Old Boy, Major General Ian Dale (74B), who arrived at the dais in a vintage staff car and was met by Major Russ Kenyon Vice Chairman of the AOBA. Parade Commander,Bugs Hutchins, then guided the Major General through the ranks on a tour of inspection.

Having marched past the reviewing officer and given a snappy “eyes right” we gathered at the memorial garden on the old guard room site for the drumhead service, this was followed by a ceremonial march out  through the old gates for the very last time.

All the pictures for posterity taken we adjourned to Hazebrouck Sgt’s Mess for some deserved liquid refreshment  (it was a very warm day). A splendid Bar B Q was next on the agenda after which a walk to the REME museum was called for.

Right Dress

See more reunion photos at URL: http://www.arborfieldoldboys.co.uk/2011reunion.html