Gibraltar Branch REA Weekend 2017

The Gibraltar Branch of the REA hosted a weekend of events from the 21st -23rd April. Ray and Angie Ellis and Richard and Sue Bardsley made the short flight from Gatwick to attend.

 

Top of the Rock

The weekend started with a meet & greet at the JPDU Adventure Training Centre in the Navel Base.  With entertainment, raffle and a curry the weekend got off to a good start.

Sapper’s muster in Casemates Square

Saturday morning saw the 78 members of the REA meet in Casemates Square for the Freedom Parade.  With the Gibraltar Regiment Band leading and 5 REA standards present the parade made its way though the town centre for the deputy mayor to take the salute at the City Hall.

Musician’s of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment
Gravesend Sapper’s Ray & and Richard at the Royal Engineer’s Statue

On Saturday evening a gala dinner for 140 REA Members and Guests was held at the Rock hotel.  This consisted of a five course meal, entertainment  and of course a raffle.

Sunday morning was an early start with a church service in the King’s Chapel, with a service dedicated to the Royal Engineers, after the service refreshments was taken with the padre in the Cloisters.  The farewell function was held in the Police Club on the naval base ,where there was yet another raffle and the showing of the film “Zulu” but we made the most  of the warm and sat in the sun.

Reservoir tour

On The Monday two tours were available, the Tunnel tour or the Reservoir and Waterworks. We chose the reservoir tour, meeting at Hay’s Level we made our way into the AquaGib reservoir with a short talk on the Gibraltar water supply system the tour started. We learnt that ten 1 Million Gallon reservoirs had been excavated in the west side of the rock.  During the Second World War, one was drained out and used as a billet by the Black Watch Regiment.  Water for sewage and the fire brigade is on a separate system and use’s salt water.

The tour lasted 2 hours and held our interest throughout.  It finished in  the now disused CGI catchment area.

WW2 bunkers at the top of the Rock