I am a Regular visitor to St. Lawrence Church, and the Regimental Garden and Columbarium, I have a Caravan just up the road in Bridgehouse Marina, in Garstang, and so pass the Church each time I visit!
I, almost always stop in, and have a ´Natter´ to Bill Williams, my old shooting Boss, and who was very much like a Dad to me when I served in the Regiment, I also spend some ´Quiet´ time with the the rest of them, all of the above shown, who I knew personally.
Nice to see that Bill Williams, And John MacGregor, who spent so much of their life together, ( it was a standing joke, within the Shooting Team, that they were joined at the hip ) are now at rest, Together, Bill Leading from the Front, and John, behind, only feet from each other !
The times that I have visited, the Grounds, the grassed areas have always been very well maintained.
I have to say that the Stonework of the Columbarium could use some attention, But, in particular The Hawk, and the words directly above it, on the Columbarium ! It is difficult to see the 14th, on the Hawk, as you can see from the Picture above, it seems to read 20th King´s Hussars !
I was there, last Tuesday, and I have to say, that Bill Williams Headstone is in much Better condition, than it appears on the above picture.
I attended Bill´s laying to rest, in front of the Columbarium, it was a particularly difficult day for me, I had spent most of my Army life around him, in the Regimental Shooting team, and as I said earlier, he was like a dad to me.
He was, as we all know, a really good HHQ (N) Secretary, 14th/20th through and through.
I was about to say, that if he could see the state of the Hawk now, it would have deeply depressed him, but, on second thoughts, it would not have got into that condition......................
HE WOULD HAVE SORTED IT !!!
I Personally hope that HHQ (N), Sort it before their Move South, and before the next Northern Reunion/Remembrance weekend in November that a few of us are trying to re kindle.
At the time of writing, a lot of interest has been shown in it, and it´s time that we all accepted, that whichever way you slice it, The King´s Royal Hussars is our Regiment, and we should support them.
It´s a ready made second Reunion for all those that have asked, and suggested that we have another, during and after ´The Great Blackpool Beer shortage´ otherwise known as the Great Noah´s Arc Reunion that we have early each year, Long may it continue !!!!
It is also an opportune time for us all to pay our respects to our Friends and colleagues that reside there !
Had that on my Chest for some time !!!