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I have heard a number of RAF marches, but never seen one, its normally a soft shoe shuffle, Should have used the Coldstreamers, but then they must be deployed elsewhere, pity our defence force is so small (to small to call a navy, army or airforce).
The two sides were out when walking in. And the bloke at the back didn't seem to know which side he was going with. Which is what made it look a bit strange to those that have done such things before.
If they had him stuck out in front then the pair at the front would have something to sync against. The flag would have stopped them seeing each other.
Bloody hard to do mind up uneven ground and a sharp corner. The two sides were out before they hit the grass so they had no chance.
The only time I have seen something similar was at a funeral and it was the RSM's choosen men, and as soon as they hit grass and hill they went outside arms straight down and they had someone out the front. They wern't slow marching at the request of the family.
If they had started the march with someone out front who called it and then peeled off before going up the hill it would have been fine I suspect. But no doudt the media lovies didn't want that.
I guess we must also remember the RAF is largely not a military organisation, and so accept they cannot do the very basic stuff that the other services can do without even thinking about. Maybe I'm just jelaous because I was a 'green eyed boy' and served my country well, rather than be able to say I raised money for charity (I wasn't a charity worker, or that I did a lot of sports (I did do that but was a serviceman first). I realise those comments were in defence of the wrong man, but sums up the possibly poor priorities of some of the light blue gang.
(If you are too young or too precious for banter then feel free to be insulted. To the grown ups and warriors, he will have a hard time coming and should expect it)
All hail Barnstormer the Grown-up Warrior, I am neither too young nor too precious for banter so I salute you for your modest and self effacing post. May the world eventually recognise you for what you believe yourself to be.
Hey Air police do you still have that quarter I lent you as you need to give it some other sad giffer on here. Gold medals being won all over the place and all you can do is watch a reply of some bloke tick tocking?
I read that Macca only charged £1 for his services, so little point in asking him for his fee back. I thought he was the low point of a generally excellent ceremony, but the warning signs were there for all to see from his performance at the Jubilee concert.....