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PRESENTATION OF NEW COLOURS TO THE FIRST BATTALION THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF FUSILIERS – 23 APRIL 2016
IP: 5.81.161.217


17th March 2016

For those Regimental members and other invited guests who have stated that they will attend, or would like to attend, the Presentation of New Colours to the First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on Saturday 23 April 2016 in Tidworth, please find below the co-ordination letter for the event.


Please read the letter carefully because in order to receive your tickets, meal tickets and car pass and to aid the First Battalion in numbers planning you will need to action the instructions in paragraph 13. Thank you.

PRESENTATION OF NEW COLOURS TO THE FIRST BATTALION THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF FUSILIERS – 23 APRIL 2016



Introduction


1. The First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be presented with new Colours at the Tidworth Polo Pitches on Saturday 23 April 2016. This is an historic occasion for the whole Regimental family that takes place only once in every generation. It will also be the last occasion on which the Second Battalion’s Colours are paraded before they are laid up later this year. Having indicated your availability to attend as our guests, this letter is intended to provide you with some essential detail and co-ordinating instructions.


Attendance


2. The First Battalion will be on parade en masse, and invitations have been extended to the wider Regimental family, including the Reserve, the Associations, and cadets. We hope that all our families, friends and supporters will be able to join us.


Format of the Event


3. Outline. The day will consist of a late morning parade, followed by a reception for all guests. The parade will include an inspection, the marching-off of the Old Colours of The First Battalion and of the Second Battalion, a service to consecrate the New Colours of the First Battalion and a march past.


4. Parading Personnel. The First Battalions will provide four guards and three Colour parties, namely; First Battalion old Colours, First Battalion new Colours and Second Battalion old Colours.


5. Reception. Following the parade you are invited to join us for a reception, either in the Royal Reception tent or in one of the Company tents. You will be sent a ticket for your tent once you confirm that you are attending.


6. Associations. All Association members are warmly invited to the event. Each Association area has been allocated a company host for the day. Once the parade and reception is over, you are invited to attend the Tidworth Royal British Legion with a number of serving 1RRF personnel.



7. Timings. The key timings for the day are as follows:


Saturday 23 April 2016:


Regimental guests arrive 0930 - 1030 hrs

Regimental guests seated by 1040hrs

Parade steps off 1045hrs

Arrival of the inspecting officer 1100hrs

Parade complete approximately 1215hrs

Reception 1220hrs

Lunch 1300hrs

1RRF Corps of Drums Display 1500hrs

Dispersal 1520hrs



Administration



8. Transport and Parking. Parking is available at the ground, if you do require a space a car pass will be sent to you with your ticket for attendance. Please respond with your requirements, including if you require disabled access. The polo pitches are easily accessible and the route will be signed from the main Tidworth Road (A338 and A342). The address for your reference is:



Tidworth Polo Pitches

Tidworth

Wiltshire

SP9 7AW



9. Dress. Those serving military officers attending as our guests are invited to wear No2 Dress (leather, medals, no swords). Those guests holding civic appointments are invited to wear insignia of office as they feel appropriate. Civilian attire is lounge suits or ladies equivalent.



10. Weather. Guests are advised to be prepared for inclement weather during the parade. Please bring appropriate clothing, blankets and umbrellas for the spring weather.



11. Dining. Whilst there will be number of catering events occurring around the ground, you are invited to be our guest at one of the reception venues where you will join serving and retired Regimental Fusilier officers and soldiers. A ticket will be sent in due course for your specific reception tent. Please note that there will be a complementary lunch for all and a cash bar.



12. Hosting. Some serving members of the Regiment may be required to host senior Military Officers and Civil dignitaries. More information will be sent by RHQ and Adjt 1RRF.



13. Booking. I would ask you to respond directly to 1RRF-BnHQ-ComdGp-Adjt@mod.uk to confirm whether you are able to attend. Please confirm your partner’s details, your postal address, whether you require a car parking space and if you have any special dietary requirements. Clearly if you have any other questions at any stage please do not hesitate to ask contact the Adjutant, First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at the above email address.









Colonel (Retd) J W Denny MBE

Regimental Secretary


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