Sandhurst's Royal Military Academy celebrates 200th anniversaryBy Becky Barnes
June 22, 2012
Sunny weather meant that more than 15,000 people could enjoy a day of family friendly activities to celebrate the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst’s 200th anniversary Heritage Day.
RMA opened its doors to the public on Sunday, June 16, and put on a whole host of attractions including air rifle displays and assault courses.
Lieutenant Colonel Roy Parkinson, protocol officer at Sandhurst, said: “It went well – there was a real sense of relief because of the weather.
“It is wonderful to open the grounds – everyone had a lovely time as there was something for all the family.”
The special day, which celebrated 200 years of the military academy, was closed off with a beating retreat – an age-old, rousing ceremony featuring a drill from musicians, drummers and pipers.
Marching band the Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums performed at the day, ahead of their parade in the main arena at the Sandhurst Freedom March on Saturday.
Lt Col Parkinson said that the celebrations had gone well ahead of the Freedom March in Sandhurst.
He said: “These celebrations show the great link between RMA and the local community.
“The 200th anniversary of Sandhurst means that the academy has been producing soldiers for the British army and for our overseas allies.
“We have trainees from 70 other countries and it’s about consistently producing first-rate officers for this troubled world.”