Royal Artillery Cup Day in Esher
By stlawrence2 | Friday, February 17, 2012, 11:46
Crowds lined Esher High Street this morning to watch the Military Parade march towards Sandown Park as part of Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day, an event that has been taking place here at Sandown Esher for over a hundred years. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will also be in attendance today at Sandown Park along with live performances from the Military Wives Choir. Puppet Topthorn, also known as War Horse, and the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, will also be at Sandown today.
Esher High Street played host to a spectacular Military Parade today
The Royal Artillery Pipes and Drums in Esher today
Many of the troops marching through Esher have returned from service in Afghanistan
Police closed off Esher High Street this morning just before 10.30am and a number of people, including many families, lined the street to watch the parade. There was a smattering of bunting outside the florist Buds and Blooms and also one of the Estate Agents along the High Street and a few people in the crowd waved Union Jacks as the parade marched past.
The parade was comprised of The King's Troop RHA, marching troops from 7TH Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, The Royal Artillery Band, Royal Artillery Equipments (Light Gun and Rapier FSC), ACF, RAA and the Royal Artillery Pipes and Drums. The Master Gunner St James's Park (General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman) was accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey (Brigadier Bartlett) and the Mayor of Elmbridge (Councillor Sheldon). The mounted cavalry which came down first looked particularly spectacular in their uniforms. One soldier was walking among the crowds with bunting draped around his neck collecting money for the Help for Heroes charity which people were delighted to contribute to.
For more pictures of today's event click on Esherpeople.
The crowd was supportive but, if I'm honest, rather restrained in its enthusiasm as the troops marched past. You can't blame the weather either as it was particularly mild this morning. I don't think we're used to big public displays of this kind here in Esher and some of the cheers and hoorays felt a bit feeble but I'm glad to have witnessed it and my young son certainly enjoyed it. If you were there and took any pictures then feel free to upload them on to the Esherpeople site.