A Day to Remember-in the heart of Winchester!!

On Thursday 1st June I was fortunate enough to be asked by President Deborah to accompany her to the Parade and Ceremony of the Royal Logistics Corp (RLC) to mark their 30th Anniversary of being based in Winchester.

The morning dawned early and as we met shortly after 09.00 in the High Street to watch the Parade we  realised we both had debilitating colds which made it very difficult to talk  -to each other -let alone anyone else!! However we survived standing in what was not the warmest of days and soon the Parade of the various regiments within the RLC came marching past down from Peninsular Square accompanied by their own distinctive music and to many cheers and much clapping. All fell silent for a while as they were inspected by none other than Princess Anne, their Colonel in Chief and eventually given the Freedom of the City before marching  back up the High Street at which point we headed for the Cathedral to take part in the Cathedral Service of Celebration.

We soon found we were accompanied by many Rotarians who were there in their various alter capacities;- Graham Topping, Clive Cook, Joe Bright as well as past Rotarian Eileen Berry were all in attendance for what was a very well devised service all crafted around marking the length of time the RLC had been based in and connected with Winchester. After an hour of song, reflection, readings and a memorable sermon we were able to proceed with some enthusiasm to the marque in the grounds of the Cathedral where bubbles and delicious canapes awaited us!

As well as chatting to familiar faces such as Past Mayors, local charitable figures and members of the Armed Forces we were introduced to some new people as the tent filled with voices and laughter, Eventually we were told that The Princess Royal was heading towards our table and so we worked out what we were going to say and then found that she was very knowledgeable about Rotary, was an Honorary Member and recalled when I mentioned it the National RIBI Conference she came to in Torquay about 6 or 7 years ago!!

The afternoon then wound up around 14.00 with a final tune or two from the band and a “thank you” on behalf of the RLC. Eventually an event that I had not faced with eager anticipation had actually been far more interesting and exhilarating then I had ever anticipated and both Deborah and I were both impressed and inspired.

Nick Bell

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