Eden Camp Parade 2018 – 20 May
About Eden Camp
A warm welcome awaits
In 2016 thirteen standards from RSA Branches were on parade, this increased to seventeen in 2017. The 2018 programme is under the photos below. The Parade is led by the Royal Corps of Signals Northern Band. Every year the formal Service and Parade begins at 1400 hrs, but members of the Corps family are invited to spend the day exploring Eden Camp and its fabulous exhibitions and joining in Corps activities. The museum is open to the general public who are welcome to watch the parade.
Pictured: Eden Camp 2016 The Corps Colonel, who took the salute and The Royal Corps of Signals Northern Band who accompanied the parade.
Directions and Details
1000 hrs Gates Open
1100 hrs RSA members arrive
1130 hrs Standard Bearers competition
1200 hrs First band session – square outside the cookhouse
1200 hrs – 1330 hrs Lunch in the cookhouse*
1345 hrs form up of the parade
1358 hrs March on
1400 hrs Halt at Saluting Dias – Salute will be taken by Brig David Hargreaves, Chairman RSA
1430 hrs Second Band Session
1600 hrs Members prepare to depart
1655 hrs Camp clear
Eden Camp Parade is organised by RSA members Keith Bates (Chair) and Iain Scriven (Secretary).
*On the day, entry is free for all serving soldiers, RSA members and their failies on production of military ID or RSA membership. Please do not bring your own food and drink – there is adequate on site.
Dress for RSA members: blazers, Corps tie, medals, beret, casusal, formal, uniform – all equally acceptable. Comfortable shoes advised.
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
Phone 01653 697777
Look back – Eden Camp Parade 2017
RSA Newcastle Branch Flying the Flag at Eden Camp 2017
Look back – Eden Camp Parade 2016
The Royal Signals Association Eden Camp Parade 2018 took place at Eden Camp Military History Museum on Sunday 20th May 2018. Members of the Association and their guests are made very welcome by everyone at Malton and the event is growing year on year, thanks to the organising committee. Representatives from 2 Sig Bde and 50 Sig Sqn were a very welcome addition to our gathering. Our thanks also go to the individuals and units for their support.
To open the programme of events, the Standard Bearers’ Competition took place. The competition, over the past years an element of Corps Weekend in Blandford, was relocated to Yorkshire and was conducted with due ceremony in its new home. The parade was marshall was Mr John Mumford from Reading Branch Dinner Club. We are grateful to him for making the epic journey to Yorkshire from Berkshire to take on this important role. Mr Ken Coates of Darlington Branch, who has recently been trained by TRBL in the ways of standard bearing, will I am sure add his expertise to the judging panel in future years. The eight competitors for 2018, representing Edinburgh, Newcastle, West London, Leeds, Rotherham, Birmingham, Liverpool and Blackpool branches marched smartly onto parade and were taken through their drill by the Corps RSM, WO1 David Corcoran. He was assisted with a judging pane consisting of WO2 Micheal Hepworth and WO2 Christopher Craven. The results of the competition: Edinburgh, Bill May 3rd; Birmingham, David Arnot 2nd; West London, Norman Pearce 1st . The winner and runners up were presented with their prizes by Brigadier David Hargreaves, Chairman RSA. The previous CRSM, WO1 Jon Attwell, as one of his final tasks, commissioned the Barry Moody Memorial Pennant to be presented to the winner of the competition and flown on the branch standard until the competition the next year. Sadly the pennant was not ready to be presented at Eden Camp and so the intention is to present it at a suitable point during Corps Weekend 2018.
Following lunch and a band performance by the Corps band, the parade formed up and marched onto parade. The 21 standards on parade led the way with the winner and runners up from the competition at the head. Once the parade had halted on the square, the RSA Chairman presented the 75 year pennant to the Birmingham branch and the 50 year pennant to the Sheffield branch. Then Mr Nick Hill, manager of the museum welcomed everyone. The Corps Colonel, Col Jason Gunning ADC, gave an address and then the parade marched past the dais where the Corps Colonel took the salute. The parade then fell out. The remaining hours of the afternoon were spent with the sun shining, the Corps band playing again and old/new friends coming across each other.
In 2019 Eden Camp Parade will take place on 19th May.