Yesterday we visited the Grenadier Day at Lille Barracks in Aldershot. The barracks are the home of the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. So, that’ the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day, the Royal Logistic Corps Open Day, and now the Grenadier Day. Perhaps, we need to look elsewhere for our weekend fun. But I do so love the Army, and out of curiosity, I wanted to see inside Lille barracks.
We found seats placed almost around the events arena. Would be a good idea for the RMA and RLC to do the same, We plonked ourselves down, enjoyed the events unfolding in front of us, all of which was accompanied by hot dogs, chips, and ice creams. We never did find the tea tent, though the beer tent offered a selection of beers and cider.
The whole day was a family day for the Grenadiers. What was is it that General MacArthur said, “old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. Well, there were plenty of old soldiers, and their families, at the Grenadier Day. I lost count of the number of tents for the respective branches of the Grenadier Guards Association.
I was amused by the name of the road from the Barracks entrance gate, it was called Harmes Way. Fitting I thought for those who put themselves in harm’s way. Here’s my photo montage of our visit.