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Gloucestershire on show for HQ ARRC at first ever 'Fresher's Fayre'

Sep 10 at 1:51pm
Aurther Rubiella, the son of Spanish Lt. Col. Alex Rubiella, gives hockey a try during the Fresher's Fayre held at Imjin Barracks, the home of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, September 8.
The Gloucestershire community has been ‘on show’ for the benefit of HQ ARRC and all their colleagues at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth.

The ARRC’s first ever ‘Freshers Fayre’ in Gloucestershire was a resounding success, with over 100 organisations showcasing their amenities and services this week, to help the ARRC Group get the best out of their stay in Gloucestershire – for many of the NATO families, their first visit to UK.

A whole galaxy of leisure, welfare, community and business organisations exhibited their products and services, helping the ARRC group ‘hit the ground running’ for their stay in the county and the country.

Hundreds of personnel and families streamed in to check out what is on offer in the area, from Leisure and Tourism, banks and finance, hobbies and sports clubs, to schools and nurseries, Cadet Forces, Cubs & Guides, Food and Drink, and much more besides.
A soldier stationed at Imjin Barracks, the home of NATOs Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, manoeuvres along hand and footholds to reach the top of a climbing wall set up at the Fresher's Fayre.
High points of the afternoon, helping to entertain and refresh the visitors, included a free ‘roast pig’ provided by Hatherley Manor Hotel, free refreshments provided by Aramark, and a charity - shaving demonstration by Innsworth Barbers Shop, with several lucky soldiers having been ‘excused shaving’ for the day, and a donation going to ‘Help For Heroes’.

Organised immaculately by the Support Battalion HQ ARRC, nothing was too much trouble for the Battalion and the exhibitors to ensure the visitors got maximum benefit.

In the driving seat to get the show on the road was Captain Kevin Ladner, second in command of HQ Squadron. Kevin said: "The aim is to introduce the local civilian and military communities to each other for everyone’s benefit, so that the families can see just what is on offer round here. It is vital that both sides come together, so that the ARRC ‘family’ can get to know the region, and the civilian community gets a better insight into the ARRC and what we’re all about. The support from the Fayre’s exhibitors has been marvellous, and the show seems to have been a total success."

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