I was in the RA ACF at endbutt lane for 6 years untill 1979 when I joined the Army. We won the drill comp that year too.(79)
Nobody believed that my ACF basic was harder than my Junior leaders training
Whats Altcar like these days?
I remember when the red rose club was a wooden hut
Altcar...that brings back some memories. From about 1973 onwards until I took the Queens shilling in 78. Had many a bruised shoulder from spending all day on the ranges firing the .303. When I took the plunge and joined up to earn less than the minimum wage, I was gobsmacked at how the training glossed over training the ACF had drummed in to us day in day out for years.
altcar still have a Fibua village near the beach, also the Red Rose is now a brick building, very good drinkies too , There is a Mixed Mess at ACF HQ, however if you find Mess Nights a bit too much you at least have teh Red Rose to go to and chat to different faces
Only just come across this thread. I was a cadet in Merseyside ACF from 1991 to 1995, first in 3 Sigs, Huyton and then in 3 Kings, Kirkby. From 1995 to 2005 I was an AI in ARE, Birkenhead, 3 Cheshire, Bromborough, HQ Kings, Norris Green, (V Kings) Liverpool Scottish, Score Lane/Edge Lane and finally in 1 RAMC, Childwall.