TODAY SAW US WITH TWO ENGAGEMENTS THE FIRST AT MARKET DRAYTON ATTENDING THE FREEDOM OF MARKET DRAYTON CEREMONY FOR THE ROYAL IRISH REGIMENT FOLLOWED BY A DINNER DANCE WITH THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF St GEORGE AT THE LORD HILL.
ROYAL IRISH REGIMENT GIVEN THE FREEDOM OF MARKET DRAYTON
Today we attended the ceremony where the town of Markeyt Drayton granted to the Royal Irish Regiment the honour of being cranted the Freedom of the Town. This means that the regiment has the right to parade through the town with pipes playing bayonets fixed and colours flown for certain ceremonies.
The Royal Irish Regiment have made Market Drayton inot their second home and when they leave they will leave a small part of Ireland behind. They have mixed really well with the local residents and between them they have helped many others. During their stay in Market Drayton they have seen action in Afanistan where on their last tour they lost three of their men and the town lost three sons of the town. That is how close the two have become.
Below is a pictorial of this event, and vent that was full of pride on both the towns residents and the regiment. Please enjoy.
This guy is as tall as any I have met that is why the mascot does not look as big as it really is, trust me the guy is at least 6ft 10inches tall.
Now it was time for the march past and the parade with pipes and drums playing the regiment and its colours marched past and did a tour around the town.
What a sight and what an atmosphere the whole town turned out as well as the troops families. A full regimental march past always makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up as it is a fantastic sight and feeling. They really did themselves and the regiment proud on this special day. Well done.
It was then back to the Royal British Legion Club for a meal and a chat to some of the guys and the handing over of gifts from both the town of Market Drayton and the Royal Irish Regiment.
A special guest Owen Paterson MP for North Shropshire and Northern Ireland Secretary gave a speach and seeing that it was in his area and the regiment also comes from Ireland it was a fitting end of the official part of the day. Owen Paterson has always backed the Royal Irish Regiment whilst it has been at Turn Hill and he has been to many of the fund raising events that I have attended at Turn Hill.
We then had lunch talked to some of the guys from the regiment and then we had to head off home to get ready for our next engagement.
ROYAL SOCIETY OF St GEORGE, St GEORGES DAY DINNER & DANCE
This evening we attended the Royal Society of St George annual St Georges Day dinner and dance at the Lord Hill Hotel. We were greated and made very welcome and both of us being a strong Royalists we were really looking forward to this evening.
We had the roast beef etc and it went down a real treat, by the end of the meal I was full and had to walk around like many of us there. We had speaches and I gave one in return, there were over two hundred people there and we all took part in the raffle and other fund raising things that they had around the place, all going towards local charities.
I for one will be buying tickets for next year and if they will allow me I would like to officially join the order.
At around midnight our carrage arrived and we left happy and tired after a full day of engagements. Thank you to the Royal Society of St George for inviting us to this special annual event.
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