Right of the Line

Romsey Show

 

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The Ubique detachment of Roger Glancefield, Barbara Glancefield, Phil Spaven, Bob Ansell, Simon Neat, Graham Chadwick and Cameron Kinnear attended the Romsey show, and the Fort Nelson 18pdr gun and limber was accompanied by the collections staff.

The gun was placed in a display area, and a number of tables with various artefacts was setup for demonstration to the public.

Barbara Glancefield counted at least 3102 visitors to the stand, but there were certainly times when counting was impossible due to the number of people.

Matt Hancock of the Royal Armouries and Cameron Kinnear handed out over 500 Armouries brochures very early on in the day, and the Ubique team had no time to visit the rest of the impressive show due to the pressure of visitors.

The show itself was 20% larger than last year, and was exceptionally well organised. Over 25,000 visitors attended this year, and the main arena attraction of the Gun and Limber Team was certainly a show highlight.

The theme of this year was World War 1, and one of the first sights to greet visitors was a garden of Remembrance planted with 374 wooden crosses, representing the men from Romsey and surrounding villages who lost their lives during the First World War. Each cross was inscribed with the name and any military decoration they may have been awarded.

Bob Ansell, Cameron Kinnear and Simon Neat from Ubique provided a crowd photo oppportunity at the Garden of Remembrance

Bob Ansell, Cameron Kinnear and Simon Neat from Ubique provided a crowd photo oppportunity at the Garden of Remembrance. (Image by Theo Fernandes)

The gun and limber was paraded around the main arena twice, and each time the team reached a fast gallop, delighting the crowd and due to the complete absence of suspension on the limber, resulted in a never-to-be-forgotten experience for those riding on the limber.

 

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