As a result of the high security surrounding the event the last mile or two into Hardwick Hall was frustratingly slow
but it was all well worthwhile as Airborne Forces Day 2004 was a very enjoyable event.
Presentation of New Colours to the 4th Battalion was an impressive spectacle and after the ceremony there was
freefall parachute display.
The weather was perfect but by the afternoon it was extremely hot and when members of the PRA
were lined up waiting for a "walk_past" by Prince Charles we were very suprised, but also extremely grateful,
when serving members of the Regiment appeared
with bottles of cold water to slake our thirst.
There was plenty of takers for the £15 per head packed-lunch which was delivered in a large maroon box and served
in a huge marquee
which provided a welcome respite from the hot sun.