The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

Weymouth Armed Forces Weekend 23/24 June 2018

 Several members of the Gloucester Severn Branch attended the Weymouth Armed Forces weekend over the weekend on June 23 and 24th.

This event is very much a firm favourite of branch members with this event now becoming more of an annual pilgrimage, indeed 4 members have already booked B&B for next year with an old Wessex Mortar Platoon Regiment comrade, who they meet over the weekend, who now owns and runs a B&B in Weymouth.

The event this year was held in sweltering heat with the temperature during the parade reaching 28° Celsius or 82° Fahrenheit in old money. With 3 members marching in the parade never has the term “old sweats” been more appropriate. The Branch Standard was carried by Roger Smith and the Crete Veterans Standard was carried by Stephen Tierney (or Stumpy as he is universally known by his many friends).


From L to R; Roger Smith; Eddie Metcalfe; Ian Jones and Stumpy before forming up

Roger and Stumpy Ready to march off

Off we go!

After the parade the heat did give a very good excuse (if they really needed one) to attend the local Wetherspoon’s to top up the fluids lost during the very hot day.


“Tiddy” Ferris sleeps off his “1 over the eight”

Tiddy will tell you that the heat probably caused him to snooze and it had nothing to do with the beer he had consumed.

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