HC Deb 23 May 1950 vol 475 cc1819-20
8. Mr. Deedes

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it was by his authority that trumpeters from the Welch Regiment were employed in playing fanfares during Mr. Bruce Woodcock's training exhibitions at Gwrych Castle, North Wales.

Mr. M. Stewart

No trumpeters from the Welch Regiment were so employed. On one occasion some boys of the Royal Artillery who had received free admission tickets to Gwrych Castle to watch the boxing each evening gave a trumpet fanfare voluntarily and in their own time.

Mr. Deedes

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these boys were in fact cadets, and should not greater care be exercised in the use of His Majesty's uniform for advertising commercial circuses?

Mr. George Thomas

Boys will be boys.

Mr. Stewart

It looks as if this occasion gave pleasure and profit to all concerned, and I see no reason to criticise it.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braith waite

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us what call these trumpeters were sounding? Was it the "Charge" or the "Retreat"?

Mr. Stewart

Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will put that Question on the Order Paper.