Tuesday, 13 July 2010
What I particularly like about the day is that these Army chaps know how to dress, exchanging their military uniforms for what really is another uniform - so most of the fellows were dressed in cotton suits and suede chukka boots with their regimental ties matching the hatbands on their panama hats. It's what's known in the Army as Mufti and on mass they all look like extra's from a Merchant Ivory movie.
Adding to this romantic scene were the crowds of spectators made up of families picnicking from wicker baskets and drinking jugs of Pimms under striped umbrellas, with men and ladies wearing Panama hats.
Regaling the visitors from his white clapboard painted commentary box was the witty and dapper Panama hatted Lieutenant Colonel Simon Ledger, Chairman of Army Polo and deputy Commander of Tidworth Garrison, whom at prize giving I was able to present with a bottle of bubbly as a token of my appreciation for the sterling job that the Army does at work and play.
Now I suspect that you are dying to know what my other mistake was; I forgot to take my Panama hat, I was lucky not to have been put on latrine duty.