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March down memory lane for ex-soldiers tomorrow

Tour of duty: Soldiers march on to the parade ground at Warwick Camp, which will be open for a free guided visit tomorrow (File photograph)

A conducted tour of the Royal Bermuda Regiment’s headquarters at Warwick Camp is on offer tomorrow so veterans and would-be recruits can see how the modern soldier lives and works.

Peter Aldrich, the vice-president of Royal Bermuda Regiment Association, said the tour was part of a series of events in the run up to Remembrance Day on November 11.

He added: “The tour of the camp is a ‘welcome home’ to any RBR veterans, which will be followed by a reception in the Officers’ Mess.

“It’s a good way to revisit old times and also see how much has changed. People who are thinking about joining the Regiment are welcome too and there’ll be an enlistment table available.”

The free tour will be led by Major Preston Gill, a serving soldier and Company Commander in the RBR.

Anyone interested in taking the one hour tour should arrive at 2pm for a 2.30pm start. Parking is available on the parade ground.

Mr Aldrich, a former RBR Sergeant, said the RBRA had also organised a self-guided tour of the National Museum of Bermuda’s defence exhibition on November 8 at 2pm.

He added that entry, normally $15 for an adult, would be free to the first 30 RBRA members to sign up by e-mail to regimentassociation@gmail.com.

Mr Aldrich said that the RBRA also asked attendees to join the National Museum to support its important work.

He added RBR veteran attending any of the events would also be eligible for a free membership of the RBRA.

Mr Aldrich said: “The defence exhibition is all about the fortifications around Bermuda and Bermuda’s role in the two World Wars. It’s a really good exhibit and very well laid out and informative – you can just walk yourself through it.”

He added the events, which also included a tour of St David’s Battery on October 25, had been organised in the run-up to the annual Remembrance Day commemoration on November 11.

Mr Aldrich said: “It’s about boosting awareness and increasing members in the RBRA as well.”

He added that strict Covid-19 rules on social distancing and mask-wear will be enforced and anyone who has been abroad in the last 14 days, or has had a family member overseas over the same period, is asked not to attend.

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Published October 31, 2020 at 8:53 pm (Updated November 01, 2020 at 6:33 pm)

March down memory lane for ex-soldiers tomorrow

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