It was on the 4th June that 6 members of the Corps travelled up to Liverpool to take
part in a combined Corps for the Lord Mayors Pageant & Parade. Our accommodation
was to be in Altcar Camp, a training establishment for Regular, TA, and Cadet personnel
located in Hightown some 10 miles north of the City. Peter Foss had made all the
arrangements and on our arrival on Friday evening had us established in our rooms
in the barrack blocks, and Drum Major Fairfax was soon putting the Air Training Corps
Drum Majors Lorna Thompson and Jonathon Richardson through their paces on the regimental
Friday evening was spent in the Rose Club where we met up with the other members
of the Corps made up of personnel from the Sudbury British Legion and Yorkshire Corps
of Drums, Liverpool ATC units and some former members of the Scots Guards. The marches
for the parade and the music to be used for a concert that we would play in the shopping
centre after the parade was practiced before some liquid was taken on board to avoid
any chance of de-hydration on the march through Liverpool the following day.
It was an 0600 hrs reveille on the Saturday morning, and off to the cookhouse for
breakfast at 0700 hrs. At 0800 we paraded under the Direction of Geoff Fairfax to
rehearse our parade music and drill. The weather was initially overcast and cool
but once we were booted and spurred in our scarlet tunics out came the sun, it was
going to be a warm one.
The bus duly took us into the City where we proceeded to the start point for the
parade and found that we would be leading. As usual there was time to kill but as
1300 hrs came round the Corps stepped off to rousing drum rolls and The Great Escape,
accompanied by the Town/City Crier. Other marches were Belphagor, Killaloe, The Jigs,
and The Welsh Medley.
The parade was quite a long one lasting nearly an hour, the music was first class
and was very much appreciated by the huge crowds lining the route in the City Centre.
Once our parade duty was finished we made our way to the designated performance area
in the shopping centre where we put on music for 40 minutes in concert format. Our
concert got under way when we were joined by 8 pupils from Liverpool College ATC
who put on an excellent drum display, most of these side drummers had only been
training for a couple of months, their performance was a real credit to them and
their instructors. Having played the drum beatings and “The Great Escape” Liverpool
College joined the Corps for the remainder of the planned repertoire. The Scots Guards
representatives next launched into The Jigs which was enthusiastically received
by a very large crowd. It was then time for some of the younger children to have
a wonderful time accompanying us with bells, whistles, and various other items of
equipment that made a noise when we played “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying
Machine” and “The Welsh Medley”, they were ably assisted by Drum Major Richard Cole
and Tenor Drummer Charles Gray. The concert was concluded with a resounding performance
of “Yellow Submarine”
Once the concert was completed we made our way wearily back to the Liver Building
where our bus was waiting to return us to Altcar Camp. The evening was once again
spent relaxing in the Rose Club, the youngsters of the Corps enthusiastically having
a go at the Karaoke.
It was again an early rise on Sunday morning for breakfast before packing up and
heading south. Our thanks to Peter Foss for organising a cracking weekend, congratulations
to all the Cadets that took part they did themselves and their instructors, Peter
Foss and John Thompson proud. It was a most enjoyable weekend and hope to see more
Corps Members on parade next year if we are invited to attend again.