Regiment RA Saint Barbara’s dinner, Bolton
PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 February 2017
Officers and their guests staged their first ever Saint Barbara’s dinner in Bolton.
Saint Barbara’s dinner
Major Rodger Kelly, Lt Col Rod Alston, Captain Rob McBride, Captain Richard Wilkinson, Officer Cadet Anne Jenkinson and 2Lt Anthony Harrison.
Captain Sandy Rogers, Major Roger Walters, Major Tom Williams, Chaplain to the Forces, The Revd. Maggie Johnson.
Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory and Major Darren Rawcliffe.
Lt Col Mike Edwards, Col Martin Amlôt and Lt Col John Lighten.
Lieutenant General Professor Sir Edmund Burton, Mr. Ronald Muirhead, Dame Lorna Muirhead and Canon Donald Gray.
Major Peter Collins and his son, Squadron Leader David Collins.
Band Lance Bombardier Catherine Line plays the Officers Mess Dinner Call.
The Top Table - Mrs. Jean Wotherspoon, Lt Col Alex Forbes, Lt Col Mike Edwards, Lieutenant General Professor Sir Edmund Burton, Col Dennis Walton, Mr. David Briggs, Col Martin Amlôt, Brigadier William Kingdon, Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lt Col John Lighten, Lt Col Lindsey Forbes, Col Alan Jolley, Col Mike Taylor, Captain Mary Jolley, Lt Col Rod Alston
Trumpet magic by Band Sergeant Mark Thompson.
Major Tom Williams, Major Roger Walters, 2Lt Anthony Harrison, Captain Richard Wilkinson and Captain Alistair Copely.
Pipers parade past the top table.
The Royal Artillery Officers’ Association and 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment RA stage this traditional event every year in honour of their patron saint, a third century martyr. Lieutenant General Professor Sir Edmund Burton presided.
Principal guests included Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory who proposed the traditional toast ‘Saint Barbara and the Royal Regiment’ and Dame Lorna Muirhead, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside who responded to the toast ‘Our Guests’. Also there were Mr. David Briggs, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Lt Col Rod Alston, Commanding Officer 4th Regiment RA and Lt Col John Lighten, Assistant Regimental Secretary, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
Lt Col Mike Edwards, Commanding Officer of 103 Regt RA read the Loyal Message to The Queen, Captain-General, Royal Artillery and the response from Buckingham Palace. The programme of music was provided by The Band of the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers, directed by WO 2 Matt Speight and by The Pipes and Drums of the Regiment, led by Pipe Major Garry Burgess. w