Castle Camp Memorial Service
Post date: Nov 14, 2016 2:21:26 PM
The band were asked to provide music for the service of dedication at the Castle Camp in Pickering on Saturday November 12th. Dignitaries & retired Officers & Soldiers arrived from all points of the compass for the ceremony. Pickering's Castle Camp was used as a training facility from just after the start of the Second World War until the late 1960s. The camp, in Whitby Road, had around 50 army huts when it was in full use housing thousands of guardsmen from different regiments and the Polish Brigade. To mark the Queen's 90th birthday a memorial stone has been placed at the original entrance into the site.
EXTRACT FROM LOCAL PRESS - The Memorial records the time when thousands of guardsmen from different regiments and the Polish Brigade, supported by the ladies who worked in the NAAFI, were guests in the town from 1940 until 1967, when it was used as a training camp before being closed. Many of the men stayed behind to play their part in the town by marrying and raising families. It was felt that now is the time to rectify this and provide a place of remembrance to all the men from the camp who gave up their lives for their country during World War Two and some during peace time. The memorial is a large stone with a plaque providing information about Castle Camp.
Here is a link to the First Last Post at Castle Camp https://youtu.be/xrLA_ScNJPY