Wind and rain fail to dampen Ripon Weekend

Tumultuous weather at the weekend failed to dampen the spirits of troops and residents alike, as the city came together to celebrate Ripon’s annual 21 Engineer Weekend.

On Saturday, May 11 the people of Ripon came out in force to support the 21 Engineer Regiment, who held an open day where visitors could enjoy a range of interactive activities, from a chef’s stand and bridge building demonstrations, to a combat engineer stall.

Visitor Elena McGrath with Spr Tom Alexander in a Jackal vehicle at the 21 Engineer Regiment open day. (130511M2e)

Visitor Elena McGrath with Spr Tom Alexander in a Jackal vehicle at the 21 Engineer Regiment open day. (130511M2e)

Lt Alex Martyniuk told the Gazette: “The regiment supplied more than 60 soldiers to run the numerous stands with many more involved in the planning and execution of the day, which demonstrated a small but wide ranging insight into what the regiment’s capabilities are.”

Lt Martyniuk added: “The day was a success with Ripon being a hive of activity enjoyed by the public and troops alike.”

More than £800 was raised on the wet and windy day for the Army Benevolent Fund.

On Sunday, May 12, 130 troops marched through Ripon for the Freedom of the City parade, and escorted new Mayor of Ripon Coun Mick Stanley to the cathedral for his installation.