I went to watch 4 RIFLES parade on the Market Square in Salisbury yesterday lunch time. Miserable weather but a good turn out of the General Public cheering and waving Union Flags in the drizzle. Sadly not all of the Battalion were there - one of the companies had been redeployed in Afghanistan for a bit longer: must have played havoc with a company's worth of chuff charts, poor sods. It was a moving spectacle, despite the Battalion Second in Command wandering around with the Inspecting Party with his bloody hands in his pockets! And the CO with his behind his back - I thought it was only the Quartermaster who could have his hand behind his back on parade whilst walking? Terribly sad to see a couple of boys (and they didn't look much more than boys, agewise), sitting to one side in wheelchairs, one without any legs. Dreadful. I don't understand why the officers were unarmed - the rank and file were carrying rifles. Must be something to do with the new fashion of parading in combat kit. The Band and Bugles were good but, sorry, I still think Light Infantry drill is comical and most 'unmilitary'. But the march past was over in nano-seconds which I suppose is advantageous on days like that! Welcome home my new 'County' Regiment.