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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 14:48 #1

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Today, 7 November 2012, The Vikings were given the freedom of Diss and paraded through the town, drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. Just a couple of my photos for those who are interested.#

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Not sure of the story behind the last photo, beard and axe - anyone know more?

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 14:54 #2

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Possibly dating back to the days of horse ?

The modern equivelent would be a mechanic, an acetylene torch and a Landrover!

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 15:05 #3

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REF;114483 wrote: Not sure of the story behind the last photo, beard and axe - anyone know more?


That's 1st Battalion's Pioneer Sergeant, currently Sgt. D. Ling I believe.
The axe, white apron and gauntlets are all ceremonial items particular to that position, the beard is a privelige allowed only to Pioneers.

All the best,
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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 15:33 #4

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Thanks for sharing.

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 20:41 #5

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Has there been a change in Army dress code in recent years - ? In the 'old days' parade dress was your 'Number One' uniform, with trouser creases like razors and buttons & boots gleaming like mirrors. Now it appears to be your combat uniform that has just been give a quick rinse.
Answers please - ?:confused:

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