I have got hold of some No 2's myself seeing as you don't get issued them. Does anyone know of a tailor who will put all the regimental buttons badges etc on and supply them..?
I don't have a clue where to start!
There's a few hangining around in the stores, I knows coz I sawed them - probably there for uber occaisions and will probably never be let out anyway. Stores are for storing in anyway!
All things considered they're probably saved for courses or when some big wig is coming around, although the honour guard at 50sqn didn't get them for that event a few months back (see The Wire for photo's).
In my old unit each Ranger had his own No 2 dress uniform that were kept in stores and the only bit of ceremonial kit we had to buy ourselves was the No 2 dress belt. Only time we ever wore them was for Remembrance Sunday, St Patricks day and (shortly before I joined) when the battalion received new colours. As far as I know it's the same sitrep regarding No 2 issue but I've been out now 8 years so maybe things have changed...
You aren't the only one with a set. Almost the entire Regt was kitted out with them for the freedom of Middlesborough parade a few years ago and I still have mine, gathering dust in the wardrobe. Mind you I bet they don't fit anymore !