2017 started with the usual monthly practice days in Warlingham working on some old
favourites and several new pieces the Drum Major had arranged during the winter recess.
Our first outing was to take on the Caterham Scouts, Guides, Brownies & Cubs St Georges
Day Parade. We were in luck it was a dry day and not too warm in our scarlet tunics.
It was the first outing for Nigel, our new member of the percussion section. The
ten minute march gave us a chance to play Medicine & Duty, The Great Escape, Gallanthia,
and the Retreat marches.
Having arrived at the church we continued to play a selection from our repertoire
static whilst the parade entered the church.
Sunday 4th June
Queens Regiment Memorial Wood
Commemoration Service for fallen Serviceman
Having made it through the twisting lanes of the Surrey countryside we found ourselves
deep in the woods just south of Dorking at Holmbury St Mary where the Queens Regiment
Association Memorial Wood has been located. Having warmed up with some old favourites,
We began by entertaining the gathering throng with The Welsh Medley, Retreat Marches,
and The Londoner until it was time to welcome the Ex Servicemen on their return from
a charity walk with The “Regimental Bugle Call” followed by “Fall In” and then “Soldiers
of the Queen”. We followed this with some further tunes at the halt, Medicine & Duty,
1914-18 Medley, Children's Love, Prussian Glory, The Great Escape and The British
Moving to the memorial site deeper into the wood for the Commemoration Service we
played “Abide With Me” during the laying of wreaths then the Buglers played The Last
Post followed by The Rouse after the two minute silence. To end the proceeding we
played “Sussex By The Sea” to which the assembled sang heartily along to.
It was all go for us and we next reformed in the at the entrance to the wood and
entertained Regimental Association Members and their families playing a selection
of marches from our repertoire around the music stands to round the day off.
Click on the picture for more photos, our thanks to Chris for these.
Click on the picture to go to the Gallery page for more fun in the woods
Armed Forces Day, the 24th June, saw the Corp this year making their way to Islington
to support the Islington Veterans Association. Having arrived at Islington Assembly
Hall bright and early and resolving the car parking saga it was time to change and
make our way to Islington Green about half a mile down the road. On arrival at the
Green the spare Corps drums were piled ready for the Drum Head Service which was
to follow the parade. The Corps played Medicine & Duty and The Adjutant for the short
parade around the Green of British Legion Standards, Veterans, TA soldiers, Air Cadets
and Emergency Service personnel, this was followed by a short Drum Head Service.
Following a tea break the Corps formed up around the music stands and played 3 half
hour sets of music from our repertoire, heading back to the Assembly hall after a
Click on the picture to go to the Gallery page for more photos
The weekend of 18th to 20th August saw the Corps in Belgium where we had been invited
to take part in the The Long Road to Passchendaele Tattoo in Zonnebeke, on 19th August,
2017, with participation in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate on Friday 18th.
For a full report go to Belgium 2017 for photos go to Belgium photos 2017 and for
an account of our mascot “Little Geoff’s” adventure go to Little Geoff's adventure
Six days after our return from Belgium we were back on parade at our now annual outing
to the Military Odyssey event at the Kent County Show ground at Detling. It was another
early start and we were able to get some practice in before marching the Die Hards
to their battle ground followed by our routine in the show arena. Some photos to
be published in due course.