News story: Nottingham soldiers prepare to start Armed Forces Day with a bang

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Ministry of Defence said:
Nottingham has been chosen as the host city for this year’s Armed Forces Day national event and the TA soldiers from of 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) will start the day with a ‘feu du joie’ – a ‘fire of joy’ by 3 105-millimetre guns.
The 3 105-millimetre light guns will fire from Nottingham Castle. Each Light Gun will be manned by a 5-strong team. All have been rehearsing for the event at their Tuesday evening drill nights in Bulwell.
Now in its fifth year, Armed Forces day is an opportunity for the nation to show its support and appreciation for the men and women of the Armed Forces, their families, veterans and cadets.
A day and evening brimming with activity and military splendour has been planned in the city. Following the ‘feu du joie’ a tri-Service parade including veterans and cadets will march from Nottingham Castle to the Old Market Square where a Drumhead Service will be held.

Soldiers from 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) manoeuvre their 105-millimetre light gun into position [Picture: Sergeant Dan Bardsley RLC, Crown copyright]There will be entertainment at the Victoria Embankment from 10am to 6pm with appearances from some famous aircraft including the world famous Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon aircraft and the Spitfire, Lancaster, Hurricane and Dakota of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Live entertainment will be provided on 2 stages with music from well know acts as well as local musicians and military bands. Closing the festivities will be the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who will perform their celebrated Musical Drive with their troopers, horses and First World War guns.
The fun will then continue into the evening with further live entertainment in the Old Market Square with the return of Nottingham’s Big Night out, including discounted activities and special food and drink offers available from 6pm for all the family to enjoy.

307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) prepare their 105-millimetre light gun for firing [Picture: Sergeant Dan Bardsley RLC, Crown copyright]Battery Commander, Major Tom Waldron-Lynch, who in civilian life is a hotel general manager in the city centre, said:
It is a huge privilege for our Battery to launch Armed Forces Day. It truly is an honour and all the soldiers are training hard in readiness for the day.
We are proud that the city in which we live and work is hosting the event. It really is a great city and people visiting for the first time on the day will see that for themselves.
Bombardier David Wootton - who will be take part in the ‘feu du joie’, a processing and enforcement officer at Nottingham City Council, added:
I think it’s absolutely brilliant that my employers are hosting the national event. You can’t ask for greater support than that and it’s bringing the face of Nottingham to the nation. People will be able to see what a brilliant city it truly is and will see that we can compete with the best when staging major events.

307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) practice their firing for Armed Forces Day on 29 June 2013 [Picture: Sergeant Dan Bardsley RLC, Crown copyright]He continued:
I consider it an honour to be representing Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and the City of Nottingham at such a worthy event. All eyes will be upon us, so we are training hard to make sure we get it right.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said:
Nottingham has a long and proud history with the Armed Forces and we are delighted to host the national event. It provides a fantastic opportunity not just for the people of Nottingham but the nation to thank our military personnel, past and present, for their bravery, dedication and enormous sacrifices they make for each and every one of us.
For further information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk where people can register to keep in touch with the Armed Forces Day team through its e-newsletter. All people who register for the e-newsletter will receive a free Armed Forces Day sticker.



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So the entire fire power of 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) is one gun then.

If anyone is interested the guys and gals from 38 Signal Regiment will be there as well.
 
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So the entire fire power of 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) is one gun then.

If anyone is interested the guys and gals from 38 Signal Regiment will be there as well.

From the article:

The 3 105-millimetre light guns will fire from Nottingham Castle. Each Light Gun will be manned by a 5-strong team. All have been rehearsing for the event at their Tuesday evening drill nights in Bulwell.
 
#4
Poorly fitted headress - check
Bulging waistlines - check
Odd looking individuals struggling with physical tasks - check

I didnt even need to read the article to know they were a TA unit, and I'm a STAB myself. ;)
 
#5
Judging by the gut on the Major they should be renamed 307 BMI (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers).
 
#8
This photo doesn't do them any favours!!

 
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Judging by the gut on the Major they should be renamed 307 BMI (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers).
Why has the major got an especially large crown on his rank slide?
 
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bokkatankie

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What is the point of the cart cases? They're dented and not even clean.
Soldier on left next to gun appears to be a few cartidge cases short of a magazine. I know it is Nottinghamshire and all but it is an indication that in-breeding is not a good idea.

The rotund figures are also an indication that MTP is not the perfect universal uniform that some had hoped for, perhaps it means Maternity TA Pattern!
 
#14
Some of them must be Paras, judging by the way they wear their beret.
 
#17
The state of some of them berets they could all get under one. Except for cuddles on the end, bet you he works in Greggs.
 
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bokkatankie

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#18
The state of some of them berets they could all get under one. Except for cuddles on the end, bet you he works in Greggs.
Can someone remind me why we (actually you not me anymore) have MTP and then cover it in multicoloured badges?

Would it not be easier to go back to stable belts?

It looks absurd and on this lot insane!
 
#19
Can someone remind me why we (actually you not me anymore) have MTP and then cover it in multicoloured badges?

Would it not be easier to go back to stable belts?

It looks absurd and on this lot insane!
Yeah but it looks cool and impresses the ladies on the bus as they travel to their once a week meeting in uniform to discuss waistlines and other military topics, like drawing benefits.
 

mercurydancer

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All credit to them. They are doing something positive.

Frankly I am not bothered about them being a bit chubby. They are Artillery. I expect them to be able to work out the mathematics of how to drop a shell to part a gnat's knackers and provided they have that skill, then I am personally not that worried that they may have a little bit of extra body mass. You dont need the fitness levels of a roid raged platoon of paras to be good at lobbing shells accurately. Same as medics. Would you rather have a medic who is faster than greased weasel shit on his personal fitness tests but faints at the sight of blood or someone who knows what to do if you come to them with bits hanging off? (As an medic and an officer, I was proud to point out that my navigation was never more than 179 degrees out, and always knew when, and how to apply tubigrip)
 

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