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21 Engineer Regiment Sapper 300 Open Day by Sheila Mason - 7th May 2016


Report by John Gill

Sapper 300 commemorates the tercentenary anniversary of the Warrant made by King George I on 26th May 1716.The Warrant placed the Engineers and the Artillery was placed on separate establishments and so the Corps of Royal Engineers was born.

We joined the anniversary celebration at Claro Barracks in Ripon.

Our small group of 5 cars arrived at 10am and were shown to our allocated place which overlooked the main area and in view of everyone arriving at the event. We were represented by Bill's MGB GT, Kevin's MGB Roadster, Dennis's Jaguar XK, Martin's MG Midget and Tony's Rover Mini. The only other cars there were 2 from the Rolls Royce Club, 2 Bentley Turbos. All the cars were very popular, with the crowd, and it was very amusing, how many past owners, wanted to tell stories of their ownership of a Mini.

The weather was fine, sunny but with a cold wind, some would say typical of North Yorkshire in May.

There was plenty to see including Army Display Teams, Regimental Band displays, Morris Dancing, Maypole Dancing and Birds of Prey demonstrations. The highlights were The Parachute Display Team and The White Motorcycle Display Team. The motorcycle team were amazing but everyone held their breath when 2 cycles crashed, fortunately no one was injured.

We all agreed we had a good day.