I was back with my old battery last night. Grove Park based 265th Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) were presenting medals to a number of their soldiers who had served in Iraq in 2004/5. The presentation was well attended and it was great to see so many friends and family there to watch.
There were also a number of the great and the good including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lewisham, the Regimental Honorary Colonel (Brigadier Styles, my old Army boss) and Steve Bullock (current Mayor of Lewisham). I didn’t really get much chance to talk to the Mayor and I resisted the temptation to ask try on the chain of office.
Point to note for the Mayor, when visiting military people it is generally a good idea to have polished your shoes before hand.