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The Folkestone and Ashford Military Show 2017

This year Pwrr_cap_badgethe Folkestone and Ashford Military show will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

The PWRR was formed on the 9th September 1992 by an amalgamation of The Queen’s Regiment and The Royal Hampshire Regiment.

The Regiment is the proud inheritor of a history extending back to the very earliest beginnings of the British Army.

The examples of valour, adherence to duty and fortitude continue to inspire the current officers and soldiers of the modern Regiment, who are proud to belong to the oldest and most senior English Regiment of the Line.

The Regiment’s forebears are the great line regiments of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Middlesex and Hampshire, which have expanded and contracted in an ever-changing political climate.

The names of these regiments have changed over the centuries but have included The Queen’s Royal Regiment (2nd Foot), The Buffs (3rd Foot), The East Surrey Regiment (31st and 70th Foot), The Royal Sussex Regiment (35th and 107th Foot), The Hampshire Regiment (37th and 67th Foot), The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment (50th and 97th Foot) and The Middlesex Regiment (57th and 77th Foot), The Royal Hampshire Regiment (formed 1946 from The Hampshire Regiment) and the Queen’s Regiment (formed 1966 from The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, The Queen’s Own Buffs The Royal Kent Regiment, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Middlesex Regiment).

Famous battles

The Regiment has been represented in virtually every campaign of the British Army and provided a significant contribution to many famous battles, including Blenheim, Quebec, Minden, Albuhera, Sobraon, Sevastopol, Gallipoli, Ypres, Kohima and Salerno.

In more recent years, the Regiment has helped bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion and was represented in the campaigns in Korea, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Aden, Borneo, Northern Ireland, Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The inherited traditions of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, which include the reputation for courage, endurance, determination, loyalty and good humour, are second to none.

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment rembers the past, but lives for the future. Alread, in a short modern lifespan, the Regiment has established it credentials, and built up a first class reputation.

More About The Folkestone and Ashford Military Show

Les BirchSince 1971 the Sellindge show ground hosted the Sellindge steam festival, organised by the Birch Family. Les Birch who passed away in 2014 was a prominent figure within the show ground area, always talking to cadet units that were helping on site about his years in the Army.

Mr Birch, who served in the Royal Artillery, was captured by German soldiers in 1940, and held prisoner in ten different camps. He will be remembered as ‘one of the characters of life’ and was often referred to as the ‘storyteller’.

One of the cadet organisations, Kent (Marine) Cadet Force, an independent cadet unit, not affiliated or recognised by the Ministry of Defence is hosting the Folkestone and Ashford Military show to keep alive the good work that Les Birch did within the Community.

The show is designed to highlight and showcase the involvement of youth organisations of the area and in particular cadet organisations, whilst incorporating a military feel to attract members of the public and by adding certain attractions making it feel a modern day Fair.

We will have in attendance some very special guests whilst creating an atmosphere for family’s to enjoy for hours and return for years to come.

We will be raising funds for the Royal British Legion, who will be in attendance as well as raising funds for a memorial stone for Les Birch.