February 26th may well have been the coldest day of the year. It certainly felt like it to those Horse Rangers on parade. Approximately 150 together with over 100 from Windsor and Harwich troops, paraded on Horse Guards. There were plenty of admiring tourists as well as parents to watch the muster ready to march down Whitehall. At the appointed hour we set off behind our band for the short march to St Margaret’s Westminster via the Horse Guards Arch. With the Rochester Pipe Band bringing up the rear we were a pretty impressive sight. We were, however sorry that, due to transport problems, there were no horses except for the police variety.
The service in memory of our founder Raymond Gordon was led by The Reverend Garry Swinton and attended by our President, Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Miller. The choir sang a piece from The Creation and we all sang the hymns, particularly our own hymn, with great gusto.
As we left the church we were pleased to see our horses had arrived, together with riders and grooms, to lead us back to Horse Guards. There we were pleased to see even more tourists had turned out. Obviously word had got around that this would be the last opportunity to see Horse rangers in Whitehall for another year.