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Anyone remember the REME's 50th Anniversary Parade BAOR in '92?

#1
I think it was at Sennelager (could be wrong).

Everyone was there for a week to practice. It was blisteringly hot all week and for weeks after you'd bump into people with a 2-tone head as they would be brown as a berry from the eyebrows down with a white forehead and the ubiquitous tanned 'Chest V'.

Did all the rehearsals ending with the armour and other vehicles joining in towards the end and on the actual day...

...it was a force nine gale and absolutely pissed it down completely ruining everyones No: 2s.
 
#4
Nope I was in FI at the time, was it Sept ferrous bloke ?
Im sure it was but can get the exact date as know the Corp RSM who conducted the parade on the day...GM so will ask him.

ps just checked and the If you weren't wet REME 50 T shirt we all got is no longer....it shrunk over the years and was thrown away by Mrs Iron
 
#7
I was at 39 then and they held it at the windmill. Still got the commerative medal and a tie.

As I recal it was organised by Ivan Mungru, out of what was then REME Tech services, and you had guys down from Fallly for a whole week, living in STC, and we just turned up on the day to watch.
Ex was pregnant at the time and remember she got so wet she nearly went into pre-labour.
 
#9
Cannot believe I am watching the vid of this after 20 years. Good to see some mates from 20 Elec Wksp in No.6 Half-Company.

The only good thing about this day was getting back to Bielefeld to dry out and have (another) corridor party.

The day when whitener destroyed REME BAOR's No.2's. Ha!
 
#10
Thanks for posting the links - that really brought back some memories. I was in Berlin at the time and was volunteered to look after some German big wig. Not only was it wet but it was cold. Getting off the metal stands after the rain had soaked through your leather soled shoes and you had lost all feeling below the knees was a challenge. How the troops on parade did it I will never know but the dressing and drill would have made an infantry RSM proud. Can't believe it was nearly 20 years ago!

Regards

88
 
#11
Thanks for the links, Cozzey. Certainly brought back some fond memories. I was the CSM of No 6 Coy, (I Corps Tps/20 Elect Wksps) on the parade. I remember, after the first march past, guiding the Coy back to their original positions using the white puddles as markers.
It's a bit surreal watching those clips now, in deepest, darkest Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, some 20 years after the event. Where does the time go?

Any former members of 1 CTW and 20 EW reading this, all the very best to you. I still maintain we were the smartest Coy on parade!
 
#12
Thanks for the links, Cozzey. Certainly brought back some fond memories. I was the CSM of No 6 Coy, (I Corps Tps/20 Elect Wksps) on the parade. I remember, after the first march past, guiding the Coy back to their original positions using the white puddles as markers.
It's a bit surreal watching those clips now, in deepest, darkest Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, some 20 years after the event. Where does the time go?

Any former members of 1 CTW and 20 EW reading this, all the very best to you. I still maintain we were the smartest Coy on parade!
I was there, No. 6 Coy (1 CTW) sproggy Cfn at the time. It was Sep (exact day a bit fuzzy) but remember being pissed all week during practice (and sun burnt) and cold and piss wet through on the day. Still have the T-shirt and coin. Remember sitting down afterwards in the marquees sodden to the bone shivering uncontrollably and being served a cold buffet. Chinned all that off threw everything into a bag and ruined everything. Happy days - blanko you shall not be missed!
 
#16
Wasn't on the parade, cant exactly remember where I was to tell the truth. But I can remember (ish) the Garrison Mess Dinner held at 2 Bn to celebrate the anniversary, what a good night on the lash. Only downside was the jokers stealing your port glass so the waiters could sell it back to you for a port fine. How we laughed when the Mess President read out a made up name for the fine.

Cheers, Nobby
 
#17
Thanks for the links, Cozzey. Certainly brought back some fond memories. I was the CSM of No 6 Coy, (I Corps Tps/20 Elect Wksps) on the parade. I remember, after the first march past, guiding the Coy back to their original positions using the white puddles as markers.
It's a bit surreal watching those clips now, in deepest, darkest Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, some 20 years after the event. Where does the time go?

Any former members of 1 CTW and 20 EW reading this, all the very best to you. I still maintain we were the smartest Coy on parade!
Cheers Mr Citrus! Hope all is well down there...and we were the smartest until the heavens opened. The week of practice beforehand was good fun though!
 
#18
Parade was just before I got posted in to 20EW i didn't get there til August '92 - shame I missed it, wasn't brilliant at drill, but my drinking drills were very well honed around then :)

Glad to hear you're still doing well "Mr Citrus" all the very best to you as well
 
#19
09 May 92

I was an Usher for the day so avoided the Blanco running down my legs.

Thing was my Unit (2AFA, Osnabruck, at the time) hadn't booked me or the other guy in for the Regtl Dinner ^^\\\' so we ended up eating Pie and Chips in the cooks tent, bit of a bonus as it was a Cold Buffet (if I remember rightly) in the main tent and it was bloody freezing.

Corps RSM at the time had been my WSM in my first proper unit 5 Armd Wksp Soest so it was nice to catch up with him.

Bought my first Corps Tie there and the Corps Band CD with the tune written for the Anniversary 'Silver Horse'. Still got two T-Shirts somewhere 'IF YOU WEREN'T WET, YOU WEREN'T THERE!'
 
#20
I remember it well, I was a crafty at 26 Artillery in Gütersloh at the time. Cant imagine there are many of us that are still in, has anyone heard of any 70th anniversary celebrations? It would be a shame to miss it if there are, in my last 2 years :-(
 

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