On Nov 7th the Field of Remembrance was opened by the usual muted pomp and circumstance, followed by the customary two minutes silence. Once again HRH Prince Philip carried out the tour of inspection of the regimental plots and I am delighted to say that despite the medical problems he has endured this year he looked really well….back to his usual great form!
In addition, this year young Prince Harry followed up Prince Philip. As he came to each plot he bade us ‘Good morning’ and inspected our plots. I was very impressed by his appearance and approach. We had a lovely little attendance this year, however, unable to be with us were Colonel Mackay… also that old 9th Battalion Warrior Tom Gore and his good lady Dorothy who were all missed by the attendees. Apart from that the same old familiar faces appeared. I was delighted to meet Mrs Jean Crawford, wife of Eddie, who joined, us for the first time this year Welcome to the fold Jean!
Also I brought along a lovely young friend of mine, a Coleen from Dublin’s fair city…namely Geraldine. She was thrilled by the awesome spectacle unfolding before her and no doubt the nearness of Prince Harry as he passed along added to the experience. After the ceremony ended we all trooped off to the
Union Jack Club for lunch and a great blether.
I’m sure we were all proud and delighted at the next wonderful occasion that took place namely our Cameronian contingent that marched past the Cenotaph on Armistice Sunday. I think it was a marvellous effort by the group who travelled from Scotland to take part….Well done lads! Our thanks for this memorable parade must be extended to Ian Bilboe and Major Philip Grant who organised and took part in it. It’s a comforting thought that the regiment appears to have come alive over the years in the metropolis….Long may it continue.
Having handed out the above plaudits I now wish to level criticism at the BBC as their TV coverage was rather disappointing.. apart from a moment’s glimpse of my Black Watch friend Big Joe their cameras zoomed overhead above Whitehall with the Scottish regiments therefore named but not shown marching. Hopefully next year we will be able to witness the jocks marching on TV.
In conclusion I wish you all the complements of the season and a guid New Year.