Coldstream Guards Regimental Association Day
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A Shiny-Roving Report -
Saturday 12th July 2008
Saturday 12th July 2008 saw the annual Regimental
Association Day, held at Victoria Barracks, Windsor and
in the week’s lead up to the event it rained every day
so deep down most were prepared for a ‘Wet Coldstream
Day’. Most were amazed however, when clouds managed to
pass the barracks and apart from some very small drops
of rain the day stayed mostly dry.
This year, the programme of events promised;
Amanda and Tony Brutus with their Strength Act.
Bernie Bennett’s Low Wire Act.
The South East London Army Cadet Force Re-Badge Ceremony.
A Tug of War competition between the Officers’, Sergeants’&
The Static and Regimental Band Marching Display.
Shooting Competition on the DCCT Range.
Plus face painters, Company stalls, Punch & Judy, Association
Stalls, Bouncy Castles, food and lots more.
Turnout for the event was outstanding and it proved that
no matter what the weather forecast should read, it
won’t stop a Coldstreamer and his family getting out to
meet old friends.
Tony & Amanda Brutus started off the main acts with a
fine display of strength and determination. Although I
was a little concerned when Tony asked for a large rope
to be tied around his neck and four volunteers (two each
side) pulled with all their might. It reminded me a
little of a ‘Stretch Armstrong’ I had as a small child,
well - apart from the fact that Tony’s head turned blue
for about 20 seconds! Between them, Tony and Amanda
impressed the spectators by Tony lifting incredible
weights and Amanda pulling a carriage with two
volunteers sat in it ………….. with her teeth! I can
remember the act being featured at a previous
Association Day held at The Land of Nod a couple years
ago and it was just as impressive now.
Then came Bernie with his amazing low wire act. He says
‘low wire’ but come on, falling from the height he
performs at (about 12-15ft) would still hurt a bit!
Anyway, Bernie promised a visit from a superhero and as
the crowd waited in anticipation with the theme of
‘Superman’ playing in the background he entered his
(material) phonebox and reappeared as his alter ego,
complete in costume. Super Bernie then proceeded to
amaze the crowd by crawling, walking, sitting and riding
the wire, all whilst battling some quite high winds.
Then he got his blindfolds out and asked if members of
the audience could confirm that the blindfolds (buckets)
were genuine. Sharon Paterson (wife of the old Welfare
Officer Capt Paterson) was lucky enough to get chosen
but proved how much of a good sport she was, much to the
delight of her children sat ringside.
The Regimental Band was outstanding in their performance
and many stated that one of the reasons they come to
events such as these is to listen to such ‘quality
The Tug of War Competition saw a face off and ‘Clash of
the Messes’. First down the range was the Sergeants’
Mess V’s the Corporals’ Mess and as soon as the word
‘Pull’ was given it became clear that the strength and
pulling power was at the Sgts Mess end taking the first
match. If points were awarded for determination then the
second match should have gone to the Cpls Mess with the
many faces and encouragement (well naughty swear words)
coming from LCpl Mitchell of the Tailor Shop towards his
team members, it was however, the Sgts Mess that took
the second match winning 2-0.
The Officers’ Mess then took on the Cpls Mess and the
Commanding Officer took up place as the kingpin of the
squad at the rear (and in full uniform). The Cpls Mess
(and Mitch) took no prisoners and they easily won both
of their matches, sadly encouragement from the side by
the Detachment Commander (Lt Lisa Keevash) had no effect
although I am sure the doctor was closely monitoring
those tug of war members that are currently ‘on chits’!
It goes without saying that the (obvious) winners were
‘Team Sgts Mess’, well done to all the teams and in
particular to those that were chosen minutes before the
start of the event!
Members of the South East Army Cadet Force were joined
on the parade square by the Corps of Drums as some of
their members rebadged ‘Coldstream’. The Commanding
Officer (fresh from his recent Tug of War defeat)
presented berets to the lucky Coldstreamers, and then
all were treated to some excellent drill and music from
WOII ‘Mac’ McWilliams (Regimental Recruiting Team) were
playing the ‘Brand New Recruiting DVD’ (now on the
YouTube channel) in the Recruiting Tent and he then
showed how adaptable he was by running a Regimental Pub
Quiz in the Marquee.
Regimental Headquarters looked to be having some roaring
custom when I passed (on regular occasions), and Prize
Draw proved to be a fantastic Success.
The Materchef and his boys (and girls) again proved
their worth by providing an outstanding BBQ and Salad
Bar for anyone that wished to partake. I cannot comment
on what the burgers tasted like as I was too busy trying
to put the event on film, honest! Everyone paid high
comments on the food and in particular the high spirits
and entertainment value of the chefs providing the
service, again proving that the little extra that they
put into their job isn’t required but is very much
Company’s provided stalls with SP Coy lead by CSgt
‘Benny’ Bennett, bringing out all the specialised
weapons and a sniper that was only seen when he broke
cover to get a 99 with a flake and strawberry sauce. The
children (and some older visitors) loved picking up the
weapons and having a feel and children were invited to
have a ‘play’ with the Mortar and Drill Rounds. Number 3
Company lead by the newly appointed Q Bloke CQMS ‘Jarv’
Jarvis provided some fantastic and very popular
fairground style stalls with a ‘Beat the Goalie’ and
extremely popular ‘Coconut Shy’. HQ Coy lead by CQMS
Iain Blackett had a tombola plus some wine and port that
featured customised wine labels to remember this special
Throughout all this, the range was running shoots for
Branch Teams, Sergeants’ Past & Present Members,
Officers, Ladies and Inter Company Teams.
Lets not forget others that made this event the
success it was, with the many association stalls that
were present, the Welfare Office Staff and their Bouncy
Castles, the Sergeants’ Mess Staff who provided the
barstaff, the Signal Platoon members who helped with the
Stats Tent and PA announcements, the Medical Centre
Staff and St Johns Ambulance Service, and all those
other Coldstreamers and attached members that helped set
up, organise and run the event – and last but not …………
YOU for supporting the Coldstream Guards in either
attending the event or being on this site reading this
report – thank you to all of you.
Shiny Roving Report – Out.