The Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) have spent the week meeting members of the public at the Royal Welsh Show, the hugely popular four day event that will come to a close this evening.
Tri-Service representatives met with many members of the general public at the military stands to share their expertise and experiences, including the various career paths and trades available with a career in the armed forces. They also explained the equipment used on exercises and operations.
The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales hosted private and public sector employers of Service personnel throughout the week at 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales’ tent. It was an opportunity to strengthen the links between military and civilian communities and better understand each other.
The employers were already or soon-to-be signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise from the nation to give equal treatment to past and present Service personnel and their families. Click here for more information.
As the country marks RAF100, the RAF were on hand to celebrate its centenary year in style. In the main ring, the RAF Queen’s Colour Squadron provided a continuity drill display and there were also appearances from the RAF parachute display teams and the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery also wowed crowds in the main ring. As the saluting Battery of Her Majesty’s Household Troops, their Musical Drive has a history that dates back to 1897 and has been performed again at the Royal Welsh Show.
The Musical drive incorporates 68 horses and the manoeuvres on show include the scissors, run-throughs and meet ups for all the soldiers on parade. After this, the gun teams had their time in the spotlight to show off their skills and ability in the ‘small drive’, including circles, chain loops and a much faster and closer scissors. The whole display was finished off with firing and the final finale gallop.
The Royal Welsh Show was formed in 1904 and is organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS). It takes place every July at the prestigious Royal Welsh Showground location.
The event is the biggest agricultural show in Europe and is expected to have attracted over 250,000 people this year. Visitors include members of the Royal Family and senior politicians.
Farming communities across Wales gather at the venue near Builth Wells in Powys to celebrate the best of Welsh livestock and produce. Annual attractions at the Royal Welsh Show include a showcase of the finest farm animals and countryside sports, as well as performances by the Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.