The Tercentenary Celebrations Weekend.
A few comments by ‘OCA Old Comrade - Bluebell’
On arrival, a short and interesting talk took place introduced by Richard Charrington and others enlightening on the historical background of the formation in 1715 of the original regiments, and subsequent reformations and battle honours to present day.
Regimental Fete and Athletics Competition.
At the garrison athletics stadium a number of stands were in place to feed and entertain the visitors. The catering tent seen with dramatic flames and smoke as each new batch of burgers were offered to the barbeque. (Was there a vegetarian option?)
Tangled girls were face painting, the kids, and a band played on. The athletics continued dare I say in the background?
Saturday Evening – All Ranks Party.
Saw food and drink in abundance at the top of the square, with a dodgem fairground ride all to ourselves. (Not sure about the Thai Green Curry though).
Beer was beer, lager was lager and cider was cider, seems the labels of Strongbow, John Smiths, etc., were not to be believed. Lots of loud disco music (not much dancing, perhaps I didn’t stay late enough). I didn’t try the Bull Ride.
Met the signals officer 2ic, talked about the twitter account, great job there. Would like to contact them, perhaps periscope might have been an alternative for the live option?
Off to W.O. and Sergeant’s mess, quieter there easier to talk, but still got busy as night progressed. Seems my R.E.M.E. L.A.D status is not held against me and I managed to absorb the banter and jibes in the spirit they were made in! (Friendly and sorry for me??). Left just before 01:00 have work to do filming tomorrow, after all had at least three pints! One is OK, two I’m any bodies, and three – I'm no bodies. Got up three times for unmentionable reasons, something to do with men of a certain age, let’s leave it at that.
Up at 07:15 on Sunday.
Off to re-recce the parade ground and look at possible filming positions, would have been nice to have been on a rehearsal so I would know what to expect, so all guess work!
The Richmond Centre for breakfast!
Back to get ready and to discretely film events and try not to become a distraction by falling over, making noises etc. or in any other way stealing the show. (Did anyone notice me? Doubt it.)
The Parade and Drumhead Service.
Wish I had been at a rehearsal! (Have I said this before?) Parade formed up, not where I expected. Filmed the whole regiment and old comrades moving off. Run/hobble over to far side of parade ground to see them form up, guess where they would turn, set up camera, no, try again, quick adjust zoom and position, missed the first bit! Then OK, got some of the march on, lets zoom in for OCA, no too much try again, that better.
Move around the site getting clips of this and that (bet the BBC don’t have my problems). This panning a bit jumpy! Try a different technique, mmmm wish I had a directional microphone, mmmm wish I could get up higher, mmmm wish I could film in three places at the same time, mmmm wish I knew that the march past was going to salute the other way, mmmm wish I had been to a rehearsal, (definitely heard that before).
However got some footage (and exercise) will rush back after lunch in the mess and put together the rushes (now I know why they are called that), and get them up on site. (Wow 1.7Gbyte!)
Looks like a great weekend had by all, OCA especially, and me even more so. Must try this again, got to be better next time.
P.S. Thanks Phil for cleaning my medal issued in 1967 and never seen brasso!