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Greeting from Seirra Leone

On Sunday 22 March 2015, we celebrated one of the most enjoyable Corps Days of my time in the Army, Lt Col Alison McCourt ARRC Commanding Officer of the KTTU and 21 QA Nurses and HCAs from KTTU were joined by 2 QA's from HQ ISAT, 10 from the Role 2 and 2 from RFA ARGUS for an afternoon of celebration.

The afternoon commenced with a montage of QA pictures, followed by an introduction to our Corps history, Maj Jayne Atkins spoke about the history of our Corps, Cpl Jamie Hallam spoke about the courage of three QA's during WWII and LCpl Jodie Burke spoke about a QA who had served in Sierra Leone which was quite fitting. Rev Farmer commenced the service by lighting the candle for absent friends and missing colleagues, a hymn, prayers, The Corps Collect (read by Cpl Sally Webster) all finished with a rousing rendition of the Corps hymn fantastically played by the Royal Marine band. A very moving service. With a lot of hard work put in by the team and an absolutely blinding meal of Prawn Cocktail, Beef Wellington and a very tasty Bakewell tart with Ice cream (all produced in the field kitchen by chief chips and his team). We dined alfresco under a palm tree in camp (surreal). The evening entertainment continued with the Royal Marine band with the vocalist Lt (RN) Sue Jeffreys playing some Dixie music. LCpl Emily Gurton took a turn on the mike singing Son of a Preacher Man, (she was good). No time for the Quiz (I am sure some were very relieved) we will save it for later, a 'disco' and then the night ended at 2200hrs. A good time was had by all. Special mention to our colleague who made the initial plans for the day, SSgt John Fagan who stepped in last minute to tie up the loose ends, all those who volunteered to serve on for the evening (Navy, RAMC & RAF), Rev Farmer for conducting the service, Brigade Commander Brig Andrew Hughes L/QRL who was our honoured guest, Lt Col Anne Phillips RAMC and Capt Eugene O'Connell for being the photographers and a special thank you to LSgt Mikey White and his team of Chefs for what was truly a great meal. I would also like to thank the QARANC HQ Mess for their contribution of funds towards QARANC Corps Day.

Lt Col Pat Gibson MBE
Editor QA Gazette


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