The Royal Artillery Assembly 2017
Come and attend the largest gathering of Gunners, both serving & retired!
This years Royal Artillery Assembly will take place in Blackpool on the weekend of 19th - 22nd May 2017. You can book by following this link
Last year was a huge success, being the 300th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Artillery we packed over 500 people into the Norcalympia.
We hope to replicate this again this year and hope that you will join us. Keep reading to see what a great reunion this has become. See you there!
for more pictures of last years Assembly and Gala Dinner please visit our Gallery
The Royal Artillery Assembly 2016 was a resounding success. This year we celebrated 300 years of the Royal Regiment with a showcase of Ubique 300; the Captain-Generals Baton circumnavigation of the globe. We were pleased this year to welcome over 550 Gunners, both serving and retired, with their families who enjoyed a weekend of comradeship, entertainment and the Grand Gala Dinner on the Saturday night.
The Saturday morning was taken up by the RAA AGM chaired by Maj Gen John Milne CB, ably assisted by Brig David Radcliffe CB and Lt Col Ian Vere Nicoll, each of whom reflected how well the past year has gone and how busy the Branches and our Standards Bearers have been.
The Assembly began with the presentation of the Captain-General’s Baton which was proudly paraded by one of our long standing members, Mr Frank Yates from the Sheffield Branch along with a Piper from 103 Regt RA and our very own Standard Bearers.
There was also a presentation from Brigadier Simon Humphrey OBE, the Project lead for Ubique 300. His presentation covered the project from conception to reality, culminating with a showcase of some of the epic photos from the circumnavigation of the globe. The annual awards were this year presented by Maj Gen J Milne. The awards are presented 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.
The Standard Bearers competition was held on Saturday Afternoon in the Norcalympia. It was a close fought competition that was eventually won by Mr Tug Wilson from Hartlepool Branch with Mr J Boyd and Mr James Young coming second and third respectively. We would like to thank the Judges and the branches for supporting their entrants.
The Sunset Ceremony, performed by the Lancashire Artillery Band from 103 Regt was a splendid start to the Saturday evening and with the Captain-General’s Baton in attendance there were many photos taken with regiments and branches alike. Everyone that attended should be congratulated on the proud way in which the regimental family embraced its 300 year anniversary.
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 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 Roger Bramall and his team WO2 (RABSM) M Lewis, WO2 B Green 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.
There were many photos taken during the weekend with The Captain-General's Baton. We could not include them all in our gallery. I have uploaded the rest of the pictures to a drop box. Please follow this link where you can dowload your own photos.