2.0p.m. on March 14th, the cadets assembled outside the
School. Barely five minutes had passed when the n-dni-bus
from Strensall pulled up outside the School. However,
just as it pulled up, the weather broke, and it began
to rain rather heavily, so we started off for our weekend
at Strensall in the rain.
From Eshton to the camp it is about 44 miles, and the
journey took us about two hours. We arrived at the camp
at about 4 p.m.On arrival we were taken to our billets
where we collected our bedding and made our beds. This
only took us a few minutes, but we had to wait for the
other parties of boys, one being a party of Scouts, and
the other a party from a Youth Group.
Lieutenant Pugh (our organiser for the weekend) took us
to tea at 5.0 p.m. After this meal we were conducted to
the cinema and told our programme for the weekend.
The first item was to be taken round the "Weapon
Circus' The weapons on display included the sub-machine
gun, the selfloading rifle, the Bren, the mortar and the
rocket launcher. We were given instructions on how to
strip the weapons down, and were told the names of various
parts of them. After this we were due to go on a night
operation, but this had to be cancelled due to the bad
weather. Instead we went to the gymnasium, where we were
instructed on the trampoline. This was great fun, and
on coming off our legs felt just like rubber. After the
trampoline, a regular soldier taught us the basic steps
of judo. To demonstrate these, he picked upon one of our
number to assist him. Following the judo lesson we were
taken to an indoor range, and there we fired the .22 rifle.
This ended the practical instructions, and a mini-bus
took us back to the cinema. The lieutenant showed us two
films, the first called "Incident at Kairundi,"
and the second "Morning on Mount Kenya." After
a short lecture, we had supper, and went to bed at about
Sunday morning we got up at 7.0 a.m. Much to our disgust
we discovered that it had been snowing. We handed in our
bedding, and after breakfast we began our morning programme.
Because of the snow, the outdoor assault course was impossible,
so the gymnastic instructor made us an indoor course.
We were then escorted to the parade square, and were given
driving instruction. The instructors on the jeeps were
excellent. From here we went to the outdoor range and
fired the sub-machine guns and self-loading rifles; a
very noisy business. This is where the weekend programme
came to an end, and after lunch we left Strensall for
Eshton. We all agreed that it was a very enjoyable weekend.
G. LANGFORD and J. C. PEATE