From hook-a-duck to tombolas, the traditional summer fête is a staple of British summer time and on Saturday, June 13, Catterick Barracks in Bielefeld pulled out all the stops to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with a ‘fête accompli’.
The early showers gave way to a beautiful sunny afternoon as the Crossed Swords Pipe Band skirled to the stage.
Maj Gen Giles Hill, appointed GOC of the 1st (UK) Division in April, escorted the Inspecting Officer, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Sonja Crisp, during the salute.
The 21-gun Royal Salute was fired by three 105mm light guns of 93 (Le Cateau) Battery, 5th Regiment Royal Artillery to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation on June 2, 1953.
The battery, which deployed to Afghanistan in September 2012, is based at Marne Barracks in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
The Royal Salute was the first official engagement for Maj Gen Hill, who served with the Parachute Regiment and is a Yorkshireman originally from Leeds.
A drunken Army boxer who violently assaulted a comrade in his Fallingbostel quarters before going on the run for almost 12 months has been jailed for a total of 10 years.
In an unprovoked night-time attack, Hldr Steven O’Neill and another soldier burst into LCpl Robert Banks’ single living accommodation (SLA) block room while he was on duty and alternately punched him in the head, twice breaking his jaw.
Hldr O’Neill, 24, then went absent without leave (AWL) in April 2014 to avoid a court martial over the January 2013 incident, but was found guilty in absentia of causing grievous bodily harm with intent (section 18 offence) last October.
An arrest warrant was issued and he was finally arrested on March 20 at a UK boxing tournament in which he was competing.
At Hldr O’Neill’s sentencing hearing in Sennelager last week, Judge Advocate Emma Peters called his brutal actions “the most repulsive and vicious assault I’ve seen in this court”.