The Royal Irish Colours Parade

On Saturday the 22nd of September marked a historical day for our parent unit the Royal Irish Regiment not only were both battalions receiving new colours but this was the first occasion when a parade of this level was not carried out “behind the wire”. This only happens every 25 years the last one was in Palace Barracks which our SSI SSgt Watkins witnessed.

BGS CCF cadets were invited to attend to witness this magnificent military spectacle, so after a short train journey that morning Officers & cadets took their places on the stands. The colours were presented to the battalions by his Royal Highness Prince Andrew who is their Colonel in Chief. Eight companies from both battalions marched on to the sounds of the pipes and drums playing all the regimental marches and tunes. When it was all over they marched off to the Regimental quick march of Killaloe giving all attending the chance to join in with the “yo’s” which is a tradition to shout as the tune is played.

After the parade it suddenly dawned on many of the young cadets what they had witnessed and that the next time it happens they will be parents themselves and maybe their children will be cadets coming to see this parade. Thank you goes out to the Regimental Secretary for his invite and to all those who took part.