151 Regiment Dining In of Honorary Colonel

Image: Past Master Andrew Cross with officers of the Regiment

All Reserve Regiments where a Lieutenant Colonel is in command are entitled to have an Honorary Colonel. Upon his retirement as Commandant of the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, Brigadier Steve Shirley MBE was dined in on 29th February as Hon Colonel of 151 Regt, Royal Logistic Corps, the affiliate regiment to the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

The Master, Lesley Wilson, was delighted to be invited to attend after Brig Shirley and the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Debs Taylor joined us at her Installation Dinner in January. The regiment were kind enough to extend the invitation to Immediate Past Master Andrew Cross, Chairman of the Armed Forces & Cadets Committee, and Court Assistant Keith Rowland, Vice Chairman AFCC (151 Regt).

151 is formed of five squadrons at Croydon, Sutton, Barnet, Southall and Worley and all five Officers Commanding were present. The Headquarters is an unassuming Army Reserve Centre in Croydon, but they managed to transform the mess into a wonderful dining hall, sufficient to combine with Warrant Officers from the Sergeant’s Mess.

Traditions are similar to those of a Livery dinner, but they have some interesting procedures of their own which are maintained with enthusiasm. 

Sadly, the occasion was also the Dining Out of Capt. Ben Heinrich, former adjutant of 151 and long-time friend to the Marketors. His replacement, Capt. Tom Joyce looked after us well and will rise to the occasion as our contact at the regiment.

Image 1: Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Chris Sutherland, The Master, Brig Shirley, Lt Col Debs Taylor, Andrew Cross, Keith Rowland
Image 2: Andrew Cross, Capt. Tom Joyce, Master.

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