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The Royal Artillery Assembly 2017

 

Another year and another resounding success for the Regimental Family...  

 

The Royal Artillery Assembly 2017 was again a great gathering of the serving and veteran community. We hosted over 500 gunners and their families where we celebrated comradeship and the achievements of our branches, regiments and individuals over the last twelve months.

The Saturday morning was taken up by the RAA AGM chaired, for the first time by the new Regimental Controller, Maj Gen David Cullen CB OBE, ably assisted by Brig David Radcliffe OBE and Lt Col Ian Vere Nicoll MBE, each of whom reflected how well the past year has gone and how busy the Association has been as a whole.  

The AGM began with an update from the Regimental Colonel, Richard Collinge OBE ADC about the Regiment as a whole and how we are navigating these tricky times. This will be his last Assembly before handing over to his successor Lt Col John Catto and it is clear how much he has enjoyed being part of this yearly reunion.  

We also welcomed the new Master Gunner, St James’s Park, Lt General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB and Lady Gregory to their first Assembly.  The Master Gunner addressed the Assembly and spoke about his pride in the new appointment and his understanding of the Regimental Family and what it represents.  

The annual awards were presented by the Master Gunner, St James’s Park and are awarded for outstanding service and support to the RA charities. There were many proud winners and Artillery House would like to send its warmest congratulations to all recipients of awards, a full list of which appeared in May’s edition of The Gunner magazine.  

The Standard Bearer’s Competition was held on Saturday Afternoon in the Norcalympia. It was a close fought competition that was eventually won by Mr James Young from 1st Volunteer Artillery Branch with Mr Philip Garbutt from Salisbury & District Branch and Mr Tug Wilson from Hartlepool Branch coming second and third respectively.  We also held the Queen’s Colour competition where Mr Tug Wilson was uncontested for the role and will continue his duties for a further 5 years. We would like to thank the Judges and the branches for supporting their entrants.  

The RA Sunset Ceremony, performed by the Lancashire Artillery Band from 103 Regt RA was a splendid start to Saturday evening which led us into the Gala Dinner where we were joined by “Rod Stewart” and “Tina Turner” who provided us with a great evening of entertainment.  

I simply could not write this report without including a special "Thank You" to all those who helped in the organisation and running of this year’s Royal Artillery Assembly. Without some outside help our small team could not come close to putting on such a marvellous and worthwhile event. Most noticeable this year were 34 Bty RA, 14 Regt RA and103 Regt RA which provided much appreciated support in terms of manpower, transport, equipment, displays and the band.  

Also, a thank you to all those regiments who supported us by allowing their representatives to attend; we had over 200 serving soldiers this year and hope that this only grows over time.   

I would like to add a special thank you to the RASM, WO1 David Heath and his team WO2 (RABSM) S Jones, WO2 R Martin and Sgt M Davey for bringing all the military elements together so seamlessly - without their assistance we could not have achieved yet another high quality event. Thank you also to our small and dedicated team from the North West.  

Finally, thank you to all the branches who supported the assembly and to all the standard bearers who, once again, did us and themselves proud.  

Sarah Davies

Communications & Admin Manager

Royal Artillery Association