The year started off with what has become a regular outing in London at the Australia
/ New Zealand Day parade, see Mike Boxall’s article at Australia Day 2013 It was
a great pleasure to see Drum Major Geoff Fairfax MBE back leading the Corps.
Two meeting in Warlingham to work up the 2013 routine have been very successful,
thanks to all those who have been able to attend.
Monthly practices have continued at Warlingham and in April we went on our annual
visit to Clandon Park and where we were able to practice our routine for 2013 in
the morning and entertain the visitors to Clandon House in the afternoon. A successful
day all round, see our resident scribes report. Clandon Park
The evening of 25th May saw the Corps return to the Herne Bay United Forces Club
where the 1st Battalion The Queens Regt were holding their annual reunion, a successful
night all around, the side drummers performing their new drum static for the first
time in public. See Corps Scribe, Mike Boxall’s report at Queens Reunion
Sunday the 23rd June saw the Corps at the Spa Valley Railway 1940’s weekend, steam
train rides and the Andrews sisters were the order of the day. The following Saturday
the Corps gave a good account of themselves at the Worthing Armed Forces Weekend,
playing a static concert in the shopping precinct then entertaining the visitors
with our marching and music display in Steyne Gardens. See Mike’s article on both
events at Spa Valley & Worthing
A very hot day in London was in store when the Corps returned to the Guards Museum
in Wellington Barracks. 31 degrees was on the thermometer when we did both our performances.
It was an early start on August Bank Holiday Monday, arriving at the Kent County
Show Ground at Detling at 0830 Hrs for the “Military Odyssey”. Another very hot
day for the 20 Corps members on parade, The Corps carried out 2 sessions of marching
the “Die Hard’s” around Camp and a concert in front of the Veterans Caravan polished
off a very enjoyable day.
Sunday 29th Sept and we were back in the Guild Hall Square in the City of London
to entertain the visitors to the Pearly Kings & Queens Costermongers Harvest Festival
celebrations. Our display was music which contained the 1914-18 medley and the Londoner
medley went down well as usual and we then lead the parade to Bow Bells Church for
their service. Always a delight for the Corps to appear at this event, a short clip
of the Corps leading the parade can be seen at
Our last outing for the year was on Sunday 6th October on behalf of the Army Benevolent
fund at the Ardingly Autumn Show & Game Fair. It was our second year at this event
and again the weather was was set fair. Two performances in the main arena were well
received and the ABF raised a goodly sum for their coffers.