The Volunteers are on the march again—this time to the Regency Weekend at Kedleston Hall. The Corps was reviewed there as one of their six compulsory Inspections in 1804. This system supplemented the weekly training of the Volunteers. They were 'called out' five or six times per year to a place remote from their own home towns and there inspected by either a Local dignitary such as Sir Nathaniel Curzon or by Their Inspecting Field Officer for example Col Charles Miller. We were happy to be invited to the event by Howard Giles of Event Plan, delighted to work with the Coldstream Guards 1815 and to be photographed by some excellent members of a local camera club whose work you see here.
We used the Volunteer Pikes for the first time and involved many members of the public both old and young in an interactive chance to be Volunteers for a while. Take the Oath of Allegiance to His Britannic Majesty King George the third and drill with those very same pikes. Such was the demand to take part that the eager number of would be participants completely outstripped the supply of pikes available but no one minded and a great time was had by all. We were informed afterwards that some young members of the Curzon family took part in one of the interactive sessions and so that link with our past was re-forged.