Army Presentation Team Reception and Briefing
Report by Colin Trollope.
Photographs by Craig Boon & Patrick Trollope.
IN the evening of a wet and
dreary Thursday, 5 November 2009, on behalf of the Army Board, the
Army Presentation Team held a Reception and Briefing session in the
beautifully renovated Southport Theatre and Convention Centre. It
was a fitting setting for such a function.It was extremely well
attended by a multitude of people from the Merseyside area. Wearing
name tags with names clearly legible the guests were enabled to
mingle and quickly converse with each other. Various members of the
Team, under the command of Brigadier WN Aldridge CBE, were mingling
with those present, introducing themselves, and thus breaking the
ice during the reception.
That was followed by the Presentation, which was very professional,
interesting and illuminating. After a few words of introduction by
the Brigadier, the lights dimmed and a picture show started on the
stage screen. It had two compares who took it in turn to tell the
assembled guests about our modern army's values, standards, ethics
and support. We were told about the units in the North Western
Brigade consisting of the Brigade Regional Training Centre, 103
Regiment RA, 4 Battalion Lancashire Regiment, 75 Engineer Regiment
RE, and 156 Transport Regiment RLC. They explained what they were
trying to do in Afghanistan and their present difficulties in
achieving their laudable aims. The support they received out there
was explained along with how they were slowly succeeding in
supporting and training the Afghan Army and Police. The film showed
some of the latest equipment being actually used along with some
footage of the work being done by the security force out there. Then
they went on to tell us about the backup they were receiving for the
injured by the various medical teams in Afghanistan, by the RAF, and
that given by the NHS in England. The two compares were very
explicit and spoke clearly.
The Presentation was followed with a session in the Hall, during
which the guests were able to ask some very pertinent questions. The
answers, by the Brigadier, were straight to the point with no
That was followed by refreshments in the room where the reception
took place, with the team members, consisting of members of the
Regular Army and various ranks from Brigadier to NCO. Thus the
guests were able to ask more questions and information was easily
and enthusiastically ascertained. As the guests left the meeting,
each was given a pack with information about back up services from
St Dunstan's, Army Benevolent Fund, and the Royal British Legion as
well as the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
Well done the Team, and thank you, for a very interesting evening. A
lot was learnt, which showed the other side of the picture.
Any one who has served in the Army can receive a badge and advice,
including help from the MOD Veterans' Advice Team Free Phone:- 0800
169 2277, or online via:-
or Veterans Advice Team, Service Personnel and Veterans
Agency, Tomlinson House, Norcross, Thornton- Cleveleys, FY5 3WP.
If you wish to contact the Army Presentation Team
St Dunstan's, Blind heroes, Free Post WD2, 12-14 Harcourt St,
London, W1A 4XB. 020 7723 5021
Royal British Legion, 48, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JY.
Army Benevolent Fund, Mountbarrow House, 6-20 Elizabeth St, London,
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