Coldstream Guards Association
Middlesbrough and District
St. George's Dinner 2013
To celebrate our evening we were also joined by John Hamore and Dave
Jelly, Hon. Sec. and Chairman of Leicester Branch plus John Mark Hon.
With all our guests in place our Hon. Sec. Manny Cook pronounced
'Grace' before seating the company down to our traditional
After coffee the Chairman John Ferguson introducted Major Mark Simpson
RE who gave a fascinating account of his experiences with the 'Bomb
Squad' and the development of the operators skills in Afghanistan,
so explicit in his experience of his operative's 'just doing the job'.
The Chairman then called upon General Bucknall to give his summary
of the current standing of the Regiment and the future plans.
The Chairman then called upon our great friend 'John Welsh' to ertertain
us wit his final performance, he did so with humor and laughter and
showed us why he had been voted in the 'Top Ten of After Dinner Speakers'
he finished his final, asking the members to raise their glasses and
The evening finished with our traditional raffle and The General
visiting every member around the table, to introduce himself and have
We wish to express our thanks to all concerned, but especially to
our Hon. Sec,. Mannie Cook, who dispite being rather poorly,
2012 Dinner Dance
The meal was a Vegetable soup starter, followed
by an excellent Roast Beef main course, a bumptious Chocolate Gateux,
Everything in place the room looked a real
treat with the blue/red/blue napkins adding the finishing touch.
THE COLDSTREAM ASSOCIATION CUP DAY 2010
Time certainly flies when you're the secretary of a busy branch of the Association, here I was again preparing for the gathering of the Association members at the Knavesmire, better known as York Racecourse.
A coach full of members, wives and guests left the Marton Hotel and Country Club on an overcast Saturday hoping for a good days racing.
On arriving at the course I met up with the members of the recruiting team who would be helping me to keep the Sportsman's Bar exclusively for the members of the Association and those with guest tickets.
We were guided to the Melrose stand, where the two Guardsmen, Banfield and Fry changed into home service dress and quickly made their way to stand outside the Sportsman's bar.
The Regimental Flag and my Branch Standard flew from the flag poles outside the bar.
The room was filling up quickly throughout the day, and many known faces were appearing,
the Secretaries of Liverpool, Sunderland and York, big Tony Ormiston, Alan Mason and Ernie Sawdon respectively.
It was good to see RQMS Dave Roffey making the effort from the battalion once again, and I met up with the two recruiting Sergeants Bacus and Bramble.
Later in the day they would lead the winning horse of the association Cup into the winners enclosure.
We had a visit from a former jockey and now course tipster to give us the rundown on what to and not back in each race, I will give him his due he did tip an 8/1 winner.
Captain Billy Matthews paid an early visit to the room to ensure things were running smoothly.
We also had visits from the Officer Commanding the Household Division, Major General William Cubitt CBE who would be presenting the |Coldstream association Cup to the winning owner.
Brigadier R J S Wardle OBE DL and also the Middlesbrough Branch President, Major M P Chetwynd Talbot werer also in attendence.. Throughout the day the Regimental Band who where sited in a band stand near the main entrance played various tunes.
So the day went on with old comrades meeting up and telling stories of yesteryear at one time you couldn't swing a cat round it was shoulder to shoulder stuff.
The time came for our race as the horses entered the parade ring, with two withdrawals it left a field of eighteen runners.
I was stood by with the two recruiting sergeants who were busy posing for photographs with anybody who asked.
The race was off on time and I escorted the two Sergeants to a spot where they would meet with the winning horse.
The race over and the winning horse No1 Tepmokea was smartly led to the winning unsaddling point by the two sergeants who then flanked the rostrum for the presentation.
Four Coldstream trumpeters entered the enclosure and sounded a fanfare and Major General Cubitt presented the Coldstream Association Cup to the representative of the winning owners 'Keep Racing'.
It now it was time for the Regimental Band to enter the arena and play us out with some resounding music and to close the years racing at York.
The Coldstream Guards Sweepstakes Result:
1st Tepmokea.... 2nd Pertemps Network...3rd Kathleen Francis.. 4th Lesling Taylor.
With my thanks to the Recruiting team for their smart turnout and co-operation.
After I took charge of collecting the Flag/Standard and rail side banner from the secretaries office,
I made my way back to the coach, tired but not broke and pleased that another race day had been successful.
Mannie Cook Your Racing Reporter
A party of members and wives from the Middlesbrough
Branch left the Matron Hotel & Country Club early morning on our way
to Chatsworth and the Association Day and it looked like being a warm
77th ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
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77th ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
I acknowledged Norman's thanks I can tell
you it was a tired Secretary who set off for home, but I know that
some of the revellers were still going strong. So we have almost come
to the end of another successful year, just one more function to arrange
and that is out annual Christmas lunch, I wonder if Santa will appear
again, why not come along and find out.
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