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Royal Welsh Comrades hold parade in honour of St David

Mar 9 2009 by Amy Willis, South Wales Echo

WALES’ proud veterans marched in full uniform through Cardiff city centre yesterday as part of their annual St David’s Day celebrations.

The 150 veteran soldiers of the Royal Welsh Comrades Association came together from all over Wales for the event, held a week after the date so not to clash with the official St David’s parade.

Lord Mayor Kate Lloyd and Colonel Peter Gooderson inspected the men in Cardiff Castle before the march down St Mary Street to Alexander Gardens.


Major Mike Hooley, 68, a Royal Welsh Comrade, marched alongside his son Mark, 37, an ex-Royal Marine who is now a CID officer with the Police.

Major Hooley said: “We are very proud of our Welsh warriors title.

“We celebrate St David’s Day because we are all Welsh and St David’s Day has been hugely important to us.

“It is great to get together as it is like a huge Welsh family who are also friends.

“The great thing about the Royal Welsh Comrades is you are never forgotten even after you retire from service.”

Members of the Royal Welsh Comrades Association serving in Afghanistan were not forgotten at the event.

Major Hooley said: “The serving members could not be here today. But I want to say that we think they are doing a fantastic job and we support them 100%. They are our family and we just wish them luck in all their operations.”

Major Tim Wheadon, regimental secretary, said despite the poor weather he was impressed by the turnout.

He said: “It was the worst weather we have had in 10 years of the parade. There was a great turn out and morale was very high at the end of it.

“Most went back for a lunch at the mess at Maindy Barracks. It was a very nice occasion and it was a chance for people to mix – there were countless years of service there today. A good time was had by all.”

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