Soldiers get set for Ripon Engineers Weekend

Members of 21 Engineers march through Ripon Market Place. 100516GS2f.
Members of 21 Engineers march through Ripon Market Place. 100516GS2f.

A warrant officer from Ripon has hailed the city’s upcoming Engineers Weekend as “a fantastic event, open to everyone”.

As the 21 Engineers prepare for their annual weekend of activities on the market square from May 11-12, Wo2 Paul Clinton told the Gazette it is about “giving something back to the community”.

Speaking at Claro Barrcaks, Wo2 Clinton said: “It is us showing off what we do here rather than being hidden back from the rest of the community.”

On May 11, the 21 Engineers will gather on the market square for an open day from 10am-4pm where visitors can enjoy a range of interactive activities.

“We will have a range of stalls including a chef’s stand where children can come along and decorate cakes with our Royal Logistics Corp and an interactive combat engineer stand where kids can lay some bricks and get a taste of the different trades available in the regiment.

“We will also have an interactive vehicle stand with lots of audience participation, and kids will be able to get into the various types of vehicles on display,” said Wo2 Clinton, 37, who has been with the regiment for four years.

On May 12, soldiers will march through Ripon for their Freedom of the City parade, escorting new Mayor Coun Mick Stanley to the cathedral for his official installation at approximately 10.45am, before the start of the 11.15am service. After a full military parade through the city after the service, troops and their families will be invited back to the barracks on Chatham Road for Sunday lunch.